Man files initiative related to marijuana legalization

The following is a release from Brian Zylstra, deputy communications director, Office of Secretary of State.

An Anacortes man has filed an initiative with our State Elections Division related to marijuana legalization. The initiative to the Legislature was filed by Jared Allaway (his contact info: 360-202-0252,

The initiative text is here:

The measure hasn’t been assigned a number yet. It will be at least a few weeks before sponsors can begin gathering signatures.

The initiative filing comes as the State Liquor Control Board recently announced that legal marijuana won’t be available for purchase until 2014.

A copy of the initiative has been sent to the Code Reviser’s Office for review.

The sponsor has 15 working days after the initial filing of the initiative to the Code Reviser to file the final draft of the initiative with our Elections Division. Once this happens, a number will be assigned to the measure. Next, the Elections Division will send the final draft to the Attorney General’s Office, which will write a ballot title and summary of the measure. Once this occurs, the wording of the ballot title is sent to the sponsor and the Elections Division. It is possible for the sponsor or someone else to file a challenge to the initiative ballot title or summary in Thurston County Superior Court in Olympia. If a challenge occurs, the court has five days to issue a decision.

Once the ballot title and summary have been finalized, the initiative sponsors can start gathering signatures.

Since it is an initiative to the Legislature, the sponsors have until Jan. 3, 2014, to turn it at least 246,372 valid signatures of registered Washington voters. Our office recommends at least a 20 percent buffer above that figure (roughly 300,000).


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