100 Years of Activism

2012–14: Seattle Pushes for Legal Weed and a $15 Minimum Wage

And paved the way for dozens of other cities and states that have since followed suit.

By Madeline Ostrander and Valerie Schloredt November 21, 2017 Published in the December 2017 issue of Seattle Met

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.

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Then-mayor Ed Murray signing the $15 minimum wage bill into law.

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.

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