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Edmonds Legislator Supports Legalization of Marijuana

Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, one of 16 to endorse Initiative 502, which was co-sponsored by Edmonds' Rick Steves.

Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, has joined 15 other Washington state legislators—all Democrats—in support of Initiative 502, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and over.

I-502 will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

“Initiative 502 will free up law enforcement resources needed to combat violent crime,” said Rep. Luis Moscoso in a news release from New Approach Washington, which supports the initiative.

Moscoso serves as vice-chair of the House General Government Appropriations & Oversight Committee and a is member of the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

“A tightly-regulated system for marijuana will allow our police and prosecutors to focus on more important public safety priorities,” Moscoso said.

“The hundreds of millions of Washington dollars currently flowing to the marijuana black market each year should be redirected to legitimate businesses and taxed to support vital government services,” said Rep. Dickerson, who introduced legalization bills in the legislature in 2010 and 2011.

Dickerson co-sponsored I-502 with nine other community leaders, and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. 

Here is the list:

  • Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23) 
  • Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36)
  • Sen. Maralyn Chase (D-32)
  • Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-1)
  • Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36)                  
  • Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-34)
  • Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-44)                            
  • Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-43)
  • Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34)                           
  • Sen. Margarita Prentice (D-11)
  • Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45)                        
  • Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-22)
  • Rep. Bob Hasegawa (D-11)                           
  • Rep. Mary Helen Roberts (D-21)
  • Sen. Adam Kline (D-37)                                
  • Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-32)
KATHY PERKINS May 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
This is wonderful news...about time!!! Kathy P
@BNelson0403 May 03, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I echo Kathy's comment, it's about time this issue is front and center.
BigGW32 May 04, 2012 at 07:45 PM
How and Who will have access? I can see for medical reason's but like in California it got to a point people were buying scripts from doctors who weren't sick? then you get into legalities of when and where is it appropriate to use it? out in public? whats the legal limit of intoxication? will it be a crime to be under the influence in public or cause a car accident like a drunk driver.... then who is to say jobs like firemen, police officer, medical personnel and say that they cant use it and still do there daily jobs and function or you would be discriminating against them and what they do on there own time.... I Say it is a Bad Idea if you Open it up for other than Medical use Only it has it's place just not on the open market just to make money for the goverment

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