2012 Washington Passes I-502
Summary of Initiative 502
- Establishes a system, overseen by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, to license, regulate, and tax the production, processing, and wholesale and retail sales of marijuana.
- Provides that actions compliant with this regulatory system shall not constitute criminal or civil offenses under Washington law.
- Creates the dedicated marijuana fund, consisting of excise taxes, license fees, penalties, and forfeitures, and specifies the disbursement of these moneys for a variety of health, education, and research purposes, with the remainder distributed to the state general fund.
- Amends implied consent laws to specifically provide that any person who operates a motor vehicle in the state is deemed to have given consent to a test to determine the concentration of THC, the main active chemical in marijuana.
- Adds provisions to driving under the influence laws, making it criminal to drive a motor vehicle and:
- have a THC concentration of 5.0 or higher; or,
- if the person is under 21 years of age, have a THC concentration above 0.00.