Washington State’s Grass Tax

July 22, 2011 Published in the August 2011 issue of Seattle Met

1 OUNCE Amount of marijuana a proposed ballot initiative would allow adults 21 and older to purchase from state-licensed stores by December 2013

$215 MILLION Estimated new revenue the state would make from marijuana sales tax and licensing

2 Combined number of former U.S. Attorneys (John McKay) and be-khakied travel gurus (Rick Steves) sponsoring the initiative

8,200 Average marijuana-possession arrests per year in the state

$25 MILLION Total estimated savings from excising marijuana-related arrests and court cases from the system

56 PERCENT of Washington voters who say marijuana legalization is a “good idea”

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