Marijuana legalization measure certified



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The secretary of state’s office has certified an initiative to legalize marijuana, and unless the Legislature takes action, the measure will appear on the November ballot.

The office of Secretary of State Sam Reed announced Friday that sponsors of Initiative 502 submitted nearly 278,000 valid signatures, more than the 241,153 necessary to qualify.

I-502 would create a system of state-licensed growers, processors and stores, and impose a 25 percent excise tax at each stage. Those 21 and over could buy up to an ounce of dried marijuana; one pound of marijuana-infused product in solid form, such as brownies; or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquids.