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Ann Holmes swearing in Pete Holmes on Jan. 6th, 2014.

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Moving Forward On I-502

Washington's Marijuana Legalization Grows Knowledge, Not Just Pot:
A Report on the State's Strategy to Assess Reform

A new assessment by the Brookings Institution's Center for Effective Public Management says: "While Colorado is justifiably garnering headlines with its ambitiously rapid (and, in many respects, impressive) legalization rollout, there is a case to be made that Washington is undertaking the more radical and far-reaching reform. It is, in effect, attempting not just to change the way the state regulates marijuana, but also to develop tools by which to judge reform and to show that those tools can be relevant amid the hurly-burly of partisan political debate."

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Education first, enforcement second

As you know, Section 21 of I-502 makes it a class 3 civil infraction--punishable by a relatively small fine, but no jail time or criminal record--to open or consume marijuana in view of the general public. It's within SPD's discretion to decide how to issue infractions, whether for jaywalking, speeding, or smoking marijuana on the sidewalk. Pete supports a measured system of warnings to encourage voluntary compliance with Section 21 before issuing citations.

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