Newsbrief: Seattle Marijuana Initiative Signature-Gathering Now Underway 5/24/02

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Volunteers are hitting the pavement in Seattle to gather signatures for a ballot initiative that "would require the Seattle Police and the Seattle City Attorney to make cases involving marijuana offenses, where the marijuana was intended for adult personal use, the City's lowest law enforcement priority."

The initiative is worded to avoid clashing with state law. Under Washington state law, possession of as little of a gram of weed can net a 90-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine. If passed, the initiative would leave state law intact, but would compel Seattle authorities to turn a blind eye to minor marijuana offenses, a piece of legal legerdemain similar to current Dutch practice regarding coffee shops.

The Initiative-75, or I-75, campaign is a project of the Sensible Seattle Coalition (http://www.sensibleseattle.org) and is headed by Dominic Holden, director of the annual Seattle Hempfest and head of Washington NORML.

The initiative effort must gather 18,000 signatures by August to appear on the November ballot.

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