Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Seattle council would put marijuana initiative on ballot

SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council signaled yesterday that it would not stand in the way of pro-marijuana Initiative 75 and would place the initiative on the ballot next year.

I-75 would make the city's investigation and prosecution of marijuana cases, where the pot was intended for adult personal use, the city's "lowest law enforcement priority." Some council members said they thought I-75 was unnecessary because the city rarely prosecutes cases against adults who possess small amounts of pot for personal consumption. Two council members, Nick Licata and Judy Nicastro, have already endorsed I-75.

I-75 proponents did not submit the required number of valid signatures in time to get on this November's ballot. The initiative will probably go to voters in September 2003.

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