2012 Pot goes legal
On November 6, 2012, Washington voters approved Initiative 502, making this state the first (along with Colorado) to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes. It was the culmination of decades of campaigns by Washington activists, including former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper.
2014: Seattle adopts the $15 minimum wage
Pushed by unions and powered by activists who demonstrated at fast food chains to make it an impossible-to--ignore issue, the $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinance was passed by the city council on June 2, 2014. Other cities followed Seattle’s lead.