Editorial: Legal pot means less drug violence

Fewer severed heads in the desert. That’s one compelling reason to vote in favor of Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization and regulation measure.

If passed, the law would legalize the possession of marijuana for Washington adults. It would create a legal limit for driving under the influence of pot, similar to the DUI standard for alcohol. The only marijuana that would be legal to sell in the state would be grown by licensed Washington growers and sold in marijuana-only stores operated by regulated businesses. There would be a 25 percent sales tax, with 40 percent of the revenues going to the state general fund and local jurisdictions, and the remainder dedicated to substance-abuse prevention, research, education and health care.

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