4 Keys To Moving Forward With Marijuana Reform

Guest Opinion: A leader in the legalization effort says there is a lot more to do to fulfill the promise of the voter-approved initiative.  By Pete Holmes

WASHINGTON: Some time this summer, retail marijuana stores will open around the state, providing residents with the legal access they demanded when they approved Initiative 502 a year and a half ago.

While that step is huge, much work remains to be done in four crucial areas before we can call Washington’s legalization of recreational marijuana a success: (1) Regulatory enforcement to keep I-502’s promises to voters; (2) an adequate supply of legal marijuana to put illegal (unlicensed) drug dealers out of business; (3) reconciling the recreational and medical marijuana systems; and (4) incentivizing local governments not to “opt out” of I-502.