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Washington Marijuana Penalties, Initiative 493 (2012)

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The Washington Marijuana Penalties, Initiative 493, did not make the November 2012 statewide ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature. The proposed measure would have removed certain state criminal and civil penalties relating to manufacture, possession, use, and distribution of marijuana and paraphernalia.

A total of 2 initiatives have been filed. They were sponsored by Donna Davis of Bellingham, Washington.[1]

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See also: Initiatives to the Legislature (Washington)

Initiatives to the Legislature, if certified, are submitted to the Washington State Legislature at its next regular session in January. Once submitted, the Legislature must take one of the following three actions:

  • The Legislature can adopt the initiative as proposed, in which case it becomes law without a vote of the people;
  • The Legislature can reject or refuse to act on the proposed initiative, in which case the initiative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election; or
  • The Legislature can approve an alternative to the proposed initiative, in which case both the original proposal and the Legislature's alternative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election.

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