u 2012 Washington General Election

Initiative to the Legislature 502

About this measure

This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Last updated: Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m. Election results

OptionVotesPct
Yes 1,593,680 55.48%
No 1,279,005 44.52%
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Spin Control: No decision yet on I-502 rally dust-up

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