Pro-pot campaign gets big names, deep pockets
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
Marijuana legalization in Washington has been an activist's pipe dream for decades, but a new campaign with deep pockets and prominent supporters is poised to force the state Legislature to vote on the issue or send it to the 2012 presidential ballot.
The group, New Approach Washington, is the strongest mainstream campaign to date. Since former federal prosecutor John McKay backed the campaign this summer, supporters with impressive résumés emerged, from wealthy investment analysts and businessmen to white-shoe attorneys and, this week, philanthropist Harriet Bullitt.
But absent from the list are some longtime advocates of legalization. In fact, a growing group of activists is pledging to campaign against New Approach's Initiative 502 if it makes it to the ballot.
I-502 would legalize possession of one ounce of marijuana and heavily tax a state-licensed production and distribution chain, from grower to newly created retail pot stores. It would generate an estimated $215 million a year, more than half of it dedicated to law enforcement and treatment.
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