OLYMPIA—The fight to legalize marijuana has Washington state in the spotlight.
Washington, California, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have all proposed bills to legalize and regulate the drug.
Mary Lou Dickerson (D-Seattle) would allow marijuana sales in state-run liquor stores to those 21 and older. It would also add a 15% tax per gram.
Most of the money raised through marijuana sales would fund substance abuse prevention and treatment. But Dickerson said the bill could eventually make the state more than $300 million a year, which is about the same amount of money the state makes from selling alcohol.
The bill in our state has been prefiled so that lawmakers can look into it during legislative sessions that begin in January.
Two dozen other states are also looking at marijuana laws involving medical use or legalizing possession in small amounts.