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Washington Marijuana Criminal Penalties, Initiative 1149 (2011)

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The Washington Marijuana Criminal Penalties, Initiative 1149, did not appear on the November 2011 statewide ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People.

The measure would have removed existing state civil and criminal penalties regarding marijuana.[1]

According to reports, although the measure was filed in 2011, supporters aimed to refer the measure to the 2012 ballot.[2] However, on July 8, 2011, petition deadline day for the 2011 ballot, supporters announced that they may have enough signatures to meet the 2011 deadline.[3]

As the petition deadline came to a close, supporters announced that they failed to reach their signature goal. "It is with heavy hearts but undiminished resolve that we report that we did not reach our signature gathering goal for I-1149," Sensible Washington said in a blog post.[4]

Two similar initiatives were also filed: 1135 and 1148. However, both were withdrawn by the sponsors.

Text of measure

The text of the measure read:[5]

This measure would remove existing state civil and criminal penalties regarding marijuana. It would create new criminal penalties regarding marijuana for persons under eighteen years and for adults who distribute marijuana to them.



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Summary

According to the description prepared by the Washington Secretary of State:

This measure would remove state civil and criminal penalties for the cultivation, possession, transportation, sale, or use of marijuana. It would create new criminal penalties for manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of marijuana by persons younger than eighteen years old, and for adults who distribute marijuana to them. Persons under eighteen would be permitted to possess marijuana obtained pursuant to a valid prescription. Certain penalties relating to drug paraphernalia would not apply to marijuana-related offenses.

Path to the ballot

See also: Washington signature requirements

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to submit a minimum of 241,153 valid signatures.[6]

On July 8, 2011, petition deadline day for the 2011 ballot, supporters announced that they may have enough signatures to meet the 2011 deadline.[3] However, supporters later announced that they failed to reach their signature goal. "It is with heavy hearts but undiminished resolve that we report that we did not reach our signature gathering goal for I-1149," Sensible Washington said in a blog post.[7]

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