Washington Marijuana Decriminalization, Initiative 685 (1997)

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The Washington Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative, also known as Initiative 685, was on the November 4, 1997 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have decriminalized medical marijuana and proscribed treatment, education and community service, rather than imprisonment, for non-violent drug users.[1]

Election results

Washington Marijuana Decriminalization, Initiative 685 (1997)
Defeatedd No1,006,96460.43%
Yes 659,244 39.57%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Shall penalties for drug possession and drug-related violent crime be revised, medical use of Schedule I controlled substances be permitted, and a drug prevention commission established?[3]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 673 was filed on April 4, 1997 by Robert K. Killian of Seattle. 245,193 signatures were collected to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[4]

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  1. Office of the Secretary of State, "1997 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 3, 2013
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named voterguide
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed September 3, 2013