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October 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

California panel looks at legalizing pot with assist from Washington state

There was significant pot news out of California Thursday with the announcement that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is heading an ACLU panel that aims to put a legalization measure before Golden State voters during the next presidential election in 2016.

If such a measure passes in the country’s largest state, pot advocates have predicted it could effectively end federal prohibition of marijuana.

Alison Holcomb, the chief author of Washington state’s legal pot law, is on the panel along with at least one skeptic, Keith Humphreys, a former White House drug policy advisor. The panel includes 13 others, including medical, legal and law enforcement experts.

California voters rejected a legalization measure, Proposition 19 in 2010. But Prop. 19 lacked a plan for statewide regulation and taxation of legal pot. Only 46.5 percent of voters supported it.

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March 19, 2013 at 3:42 PM

House committee considers changes to marijuana law

The House committee overseeing the state’s marijuana law today heard feedback about a bill that would change state regulations.

Rep. Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw, introduced House Bill 2000 to modify Initiative 502, a voter-passed measure allowing the sale and possession of marijuana for adults. He said he introduced the bill to preempt the “myriad of problems” the Washington State Liquor Control Board will face while implementing the initiative, especially given the lack of marijuana regulation the state has long had.

“We really have done nothing to regulate marijuana in Washington state,” Hurst said. “I could walk to downtown Olympia and find someone to sell him marijuana within five minutes.”

HB 2000 would change where businesses could legally sell marijuana. Under I-502, marijuana can’t be sold within 1000 feet of certain public facilities, including schools, parks, playgrounds and transit centers. HB 2000 would cut that distance to 500 feet, except near schools.

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February 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Alison Holcomb for mayor?

As reported in Publicola and the Stranger, Alison Holcomb, drug policy director for the ACLU of Washington, may be running for the Seattle City Council or the mayor’s office. A sponsor of Initiative 502, which enacted the state’s new legal marijuana law, Holcomb said today she is “having conversations with people whose advice I…

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October 1, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Monday briefing: a Todd Akin turnaround?; “Pot mama” leads I-502 campaign

Good Morning. October first. That was then: Remember that whole bit about U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate who caused a firestorm when he said that women’s bodies, in cases of “legitimate rape,” somehow reject a pregnancy. Republicans from all over the place, including Mitt Romney, told him to get out of the race —…

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August 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Chat about marijuana legalization Monday at noon

Join representatives from two sides of the marijuana legalization debate next Monday, Aug. 20, at noon, to talk about the pros and cons of Initiative 502, moderated by The Seattle Times political team. I-502 is on the November ballot. It would legalize, regulate and tax recreational marijuana use. Participants include Alison Holcomb, drug policy…

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