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Extra Fizz: Pot Petition in 80,000 Copies of The Stranger

By Josh Feit June 21, 2010

This post has been updated.

Sensible Washington, the group behind I-1068, the marijuana legalization initiative, paid to have petitions placed in all 80,000 copies of the Stranger that will hit the streets this Wednesday.

The signature deadline is July 2, and initiative campaigns need 241,000 valid signatures, which translates to turning in more than 300,000 to play it safe. The campaign reports they've got about 160,000 signatures right now with 25,000 petitions in the field.

Over at Sensible Washington's web site, campaign manager Philip Dawdy explains the last-minute move:
We’re doing this because the weather has been awful all spring (June is already at 200+ percent of normal precipitation for the month) and it’s been very difficult to intersect with the voting public in the Seattle Metro area to get their signatures on I-1068. So tell all your friends and neighbors to get a copy of this week’s Stranger and to get us a bunch of signatures and mail them in by the end of June 28th to the address on the petition.

We have a call in to the I-1068 campaign to see how much they raised for the insert (expenditure reports aren't due until July 10, although Dawdy reports that the 24-hour Facebook campaign raised "several thousand dollars" for the insert and ad.)

To date, the group has reported raising only about $8,000. As we reported in today's Fizz, it's likely the Washington State Democratic Party will get behind the measure.

UPDATE: Dawdy reports that the Facebook fundraiser for the Stranger insert raised $4,100. He says, "that plus some money in the bank" paid for the mass hit.
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