Marijuana legalization initiative set to go on Nov. ballot

A measure to create a state-licensed system for the sale of marijuana will be voted on in November after the Legislature declined to act on it
The Seattle Times (US)
Thursday, February 9, 2012

initiative-502An initiative seeking to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana will be decided by voters. If passed, Initiative 502 would make Washington the first state to legalize recreational use of marijuana. It would place the state at odds with federal law, which bans marijuana use of all kinds. Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, who chairs the House State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee that was considering the initiative, said the Legislature would not act on it, meaning it will instead automatically appear on the November ballot.