New bill proposes marijuana sales in liquor stores

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 26 at 10:29 AM

WASHINGTON— A new bill entering the Washington State Legislature aims to make marijuana legal.

State Representative Mary Lou Dickerson said she wants the state to sell and regulate marijuana in liquor stores.  Under the proposal, it would be available to purchase for people 21 years and older.

Dickerson said the proceeds would go towards health care and substance abuse programs but opponents are not pleased with the plan.

Critics said the plan would increase marijuana use, especially among teens, and create a gateway to harder drugs.

“We could say that milk was the gateway to, I don’t know, later drinking Coca-Cola.  But we’ve all had milk right? As babies?  And I don’t believe the connection is truly there,” said Dickerson.

Attorney General Rob McKenna said his office opposes the bill and plans to make their opposition known.
 

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