By the look of things, [Washington state is] about to become ground zero in the national battle to legalize marijuana.
Tomorrow[This] morning at 11:00 a.m. in the Downtown Seattle Library, a well-organized new campaign called New Approach Washington will roll out the details of a still-partly-mysterious marijuana legalization initiative. So far they're only saying it would "authorize the Liquor Control Board to regulate the production and distribution of marijuana for sale to adults 21 and over in state-licensed stores."
It appears to be an unprecedented attempt to replace marijuana prohibition with a fully regulated marijuana industry...
The backers look powerful. And given that it will be filed in mid-summer, this would be an initiative to the legislature (which goes to lawmakers in Olympia early next year and to the ballot in 2012)...
This could win. This could be the big fight with the federal government. It will certainly stir the debate. It may go to the Supreme Court in a challenge of federal preemption. And these guys are serious.
The "powerful backers" include a former U.S. Attorney.
This could be fun.