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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

November 6, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Marijuana proponents celebrate

In the hot, crowded Hotel Andra in Belltown, I-502 campaign manager Alison Holcomb has just finished an emotional speech to supporters of the movement.

And, she declared, “Today, the state of Washington looked at 75 years of national marijuana prohibition and said it is time for a new approach.”

Supporters cheered loudly.

Alison Holcomb, director of the marijuana initiative, announces the results that the measure was winning in the state. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Holcomb was followed by University of Washington professor emeritus Roger Roffman, a supporter of the initiative and a long-time researcher into the effects of marijuana. He called the initiative “state of the art” for its approach to regulation.

“Frankly, we’re about to harness what we’ve learned through science” about the drug, he said.

Last to the podium was Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes, who drew a cheer with his opening words: “Can you believe this?”

Holmes said he believes Washington is “leading the rest of the nation,” and pointed to the initiative as “about good government.”

“You have really made history tonight,” he concluded.

 

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