(Oct. 8) — The Washington State Labor Council, the state’s largest labor organization, is among the many organizations — from the Children’s Alliance to the NAACP — that have endorsed a new approach to marijuana in Washington state: decriminalizing it, regulating it and taxing it.
WSLC delegates representing unions from across the state voted overwhelmingly this year to endorse Initiative 502, which appears on his fall’s ballot. I-502 legalizes the possession of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. The only marijuana that would be legal to sell in this state would be grown by specially-licensed Washington farmers and sold in standalone, marijuana-only stores operated by private Washington businesses licensed and regulated by the state. There would be a 25% sales tax, with 40% of the new revenues going to the state general fund and local budgets, and the remainder dedicated to substance-abuse prevention, research, education and health care. Advertising would be restricted and a new marijuana DUI standard that operates like the alcohol DUI standard would be established.
All are invited to join travel writer and television personality Rick Steves (who is co-sponsoring I-502), along with special guests and the I-502 team, starting this Friday, Oct. 12 as they give drug policy reform talks in communities across the state. All events are FREE and open to the public!
OLYMPIA — Friday, Oct. 12 at noon — Picnic on Capitol Campus, Tivoli Fountain Lawn, 416 14th Ave. SE
VANCOUVER — Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. — Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 901 C St.
KENNEWICK — Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon — Kennewick Branch, Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St.
WALLA WALLA — Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. — Hampton Inn & Suites, Conference Room, 1531 Kelly Pl.
SPOKANE — Sunday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. — Universalist Unitarian Church, 4340 Fort George Wright Dr.
— Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. — Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.
LEAVENWORTH — Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. — Sleeping Lady Resort, 7375 Icicle Road, Chapel Theater/Salmon Gallery
EVERETT — Tuesday, Oct. 16 at noon — Everett Station, Weyerhaeuser Room, 2930 Wetmore Ave.
BELLINGHAM — Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. — Western Washington University, Arntzen Hall, Room 100
TACOMA — Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. — Pantages Theater Lobby, 901 Broadway
SEATTLE — Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. — University of Washington, Kane Hall, Room 110, 1410 NE Campus Pkwy.