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New initiative proposal to legalize pot in Wash.

By Associated Press
Jan 26, 2011

Marijuana activists are again trying to legalize the drug in Washington state through a ballot measure.

Douglas Hiatt, an attorney who works with a group called Sensible Washington, says it will file an initiative Wednesday afternoon that would remove all state criminal and civil penalties for the possession use and sale of marijuana in any quantity.

The group tried to get a similar initiative on the ballot last year, but fell about 50,000 signatures short. That proposal was criticized for not including a state regulatory system overseeing the marijuana industry. This time, the initiative would direct the state Legislature to develop such regulations, including possibly taxing marijuana sales.

State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson of Seattle has introduced a bill in the Legislature that would allow the sale of marijuana in state liquor stores.

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