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Washington State Legalization Initiative Does Not Qualify For Ballot

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sensible washingtonIt is with heavy hearts but undiminished resolve that we report that we did not reach our signature gathering goal for I-1149. Simply put, we did not have enough boots on the ground to make it happen.

The political reality is that putting an initiative on the ballot with an all-volunteer effort is practically unheard of, let alone in an off-off-year election when political interest is at its lowest. Asking volunteers to collect signatures in Washington’s coldest, rainiest spring on record is a tall order, no matter how noble the cause.

We cannot escape the need for at least some level of paid signature gathering. As in 2010, we could very easily have garnered the necessary support from the public–if only we’d had the money.

Fundraising needs to be our top priority in the coming months. A full postmortem on the 2011 campaign will be conducted soon, but this much is already obvious.

Also obvious? We have the most amazing campaign volunteers in the state. We see the hard work and sacrifices being made every day in the name of cannabis legalization, and we are humbled by it. This organization is bound by a simple notion, and we know that the work isn’t done until Prohibition is repealed.

That is why you will see us at the Seattle Hempfest. That is why we will continue pushing for a public vote on our state’s cannabis policy. Recruitment begins now. We need you to tell your story, to agitate for change, and to move hearts and minds. As you do, you will continue to inspire states like Colorado,Oregon, and now Missouri, to push for full legalization.

The idea is spreading like wildfire across this hemp-starved nation. Will you help us plant the seed?

From Sensible Washington

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