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Dollar signs or not, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson's legalization law probably doesn't stand a chance.
Numbers are a persuasive way to win any argument. Rep.

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Law Legalizing Pot Will Earn Washington $300 Million (Whee!) But It'll Never Pass (Awww)

mary lou dickerson.jpg
Dollar signs or not, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson's legalization law probably doesn't stand a chance.
Numbers are a persuasive way to win any argument. Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson knows this. Which is why she, as the sponsor of a bill that would make it legal for those 21-plus to smoke pot, told her fellow legislators today that the state could deposit $300 million every two years just by selling and taxing the sticky icky.

That's a lot of money. Certainly enough to gain the attention of those in Olympia trying to perform emergency orthodontia on a seriously gap-toothed budget. The problem, though, is that politicians are by nature a skittish breed; move too suddenly and they get frightened.

In that light, Dickerson's bill looks dead on arrival. The only thing pols love as much as they hate moving quickly is moving slowly. Which means there a lot more likely to throw their support at the other pot bill floating around, one that takes an incremental step towards decriminalization, rather than Dickerson's triple-jump towards legalization.

But don't just believe me. Here's what an initiative member from Sensible Washington, the five-member group trying to put legalization on the ballot in November, told SunBreak today.

While he was happy to see the Legislature having the discussion, he said, the reality is "the legalization bill isn't going to get out of committee. It's dead. The decriminalization bill might get out of committee in the House, but it won't get a floor vote. This is a short session, and their attention will be focused on the budget."
 
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