Cannabis Legalization Initiative Filed In Washington Jan. 26


Graphic: Sensible Washington

‚ÄčVoters in at least one state may get the chance to legalize marijuana this year. Washington State’s 2011 initiative to legalize cannabis for adults will be filed Wednesday, January 26, Sensible Washington state coordinator Don Skakie told Toke of the Town Tuesday afternoon.

The initiative, which would remove marijuana penalties for adults, will be filed in the Secretary of State’s office in the Legislative Building, Olympia, Washington, at about 2 p.m.
“Anyone wanting to be part of this historic event is welcome to participate,” Skakie said. “Please be mainstream in your dress and appearance.”

This measure would remove state civil and criminal penalties for persons 18 years or older who cultivate, possess, transport, sell, or use marijuana. Restrictions and penalties for persons under 18 would remain unaffected.
The initiative also has clear language by which the people of Washington direct the Legislature to adopt civil regulations and, possibly, taxes for adult use of marijuana.
Authors and signers of the initiative will be available for interviews either in the lobby of the Secretary of State’s office or, after the initiative is officially filed, outside on the steps of the Capitol.
You can read the entire text of the initiative here.
For more information on how you can help with the effort to legalize cannabis in Washington state, visit or email Skakie at
You can also join Sensible Washington’s Facebook page here.