Our online news partner The Seattle Times is reporting on an effort launched today by Edmonds-based travel guide Rick Steves, former U.S. Attorney John McKay and others to legalize marijuana in Washington state.
We reported on this discussion by McKay, Steves and others when they held a forum in Edmonds in November 2009
The group, led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, decided to push the initiative this spring after Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed most of a medical-marijuana bill that had passed the state Legislature, the Times said.
“We did some more public-opinion research, looked at the numbers and said, ‘Yeah, this is the time,’ ” said Alison Holcomb, campaign manager for the initiative and drug-policy director of the ACLU of Washington. The initiative would regulate the recreational use of marijuana in a way similar to how the state regulates alcohol. For more information, see the Times article here.