Washington: Proposed Marijuana Legalization Initiative Will Not Qualify For 2010 Ballot

Seattle, WA: A statewide ballot measure that sought to remove all state penalties for the possession, cultivation, use, and sale of marijuana by those over eighteen years of age will not qualify for the November 2010 ballot, the measure’s proponents have told the Associated Press.

Backers of the volunteer effort said that they collected approximately 200,000 signatures from registered voters in favor of the proposal, known as Initiative 1068. State law requires proponents to collect some 241,000 signatures to qualify for the statewide ballot.

According to a May 2010 University of Washington poll, 52 percent of the state’s registered voters said that they supported the measure, and only 35 percent opposed it.

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