The Seattle Times Pushes for Marijuana Legalization | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

The Seattle Times Pushes for Marijuana Legalization

Washington's paper of record comes out in favor of legalizing pot.

Today, The Seattle Times published an editorial stating that Washington state House Bill 1550, a law that would legalize and tax marijuana in the state deserved a hearing in the house Ways and Means Committee.

This comes just one week after the paper -- the largest daily in the state of Washington -- published another editorial last Friday that made a level-headed, reasonable case for ending marijuana prohibition in the state. Among other reasons, the editorial says that legalization could yield as much as $300 in tax revenue each year.

Why are these editorials significant? Well, The Seattle Times is hardly a radical publication. In fact, it's the publication of record for that state and reflects what appears to be a changing attitude toward marijuana amongst the general population (not just certain subcultures) in our region.

There's a good chance nothing becomes of this bill, but it should nonetheless be interesting to keep an eye on Washington in the coming months.

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