The state of Washington could be the primary state in the United States to make the recreational utilization of marijuana legal under a proposal that has been eligible for the ballot which will be held in November 2012.
New Approach Washington, a pro-marijuana organization, submitted almost 278,000 legitimate signatures to succeed a proposal that would make marijuana utilization legal for people who are more than 21 years old. Certain stores would sell marijuana, and people under 21 years old wouldn’t be permitted to come into the store. The pot would be banned from being utilized publicly and sales of the marijuana would be taxed.
Voters in California declined a same initiative in 2010. Though many states make medical marijuana legal, no state has ever decriminalized the recreational use of medical marijuana.
Peter Holmes, a lawyer in the city of Seattle, said that this initiative is a sensible approach to legalize a quite nontoxic drug. However, challengers say that decriminalizing marijuana’s recreational utilization would cause a rise in road deaths and drugged drivers, an uptick in the utilization of marijuana amongst young adults and teenagers, and a rise in law-breaking statewide. In addition, opponents say that the underground economy wouldn’t vanish, as a few supporters argue.