SEATTLE (AP) — Washington voters will decide whether to possibly make the state the first in the nation to legalize recreational pot use, setting up a potential showdown with a federal government that backs the drug’s prohibition.
Initiative 502 would establish a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce. It also establishes a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence.
Estimates have shown pot taxes could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year, but the sales wouldn’t start until state officials make rules to govern the legal weed industry.
Recent public polling has showed significant support for the measure. Pot legalization initiatives were also on the ballot Tuesday in Colorado and Oregon.