Washington appears ready to become one of the first states in the country to legalize recreational use of marijuana, our online news partner The Seattle Times reports Tuesday night.
Initiative 502 led 56 percent to 44 percent in initial vote counts, with overwhelming support in King County, and was passing in other urban Puget Sound counties Pierce, Spokane and other counties, the Times reported around.
If the results hold, one ounce of marijuana will be legal as of Dec. 6, and the state will begin a year-long process of creating a closed, tightly regulated and heavily taxed market for recreational marijuana sales at state-licensed retail shop.
You can read the entire Times story here.
Edmonds resident Rick Steves, a long-time proponent of marijuana legalization, has been a vocal proponent of the initiative.