Pot legalization signatures to be turned in Thurs.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Supporters of an effort to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana in Washington state plan to turn in signatures this week to qualify their initiative to the Legislature.

Alison Holcomb, campaign director for New Approach Washington, the group pushing the initiative, said Wednesday that her group expects to turn in more than 355,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Initiative 502 would legalize the sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older.

The measure now goes to the Legislature. If the Legislature doesn't take action during the upcoming 60-day legislative session that begins Jan. 9, the measure automatically goes to the November ballot.

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