Most Washington Voters Support Drug Decriminalization Ballot Measure, Poll Finds

Most Washington Voters Support Drug Decriminalization Ballot Measure, Poll Finds
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As a signature drive kicks off in Washington State to qualify a drug decriminalization measure for November’s ballot, newly released opinion polling from advocates shows the proposal with a slight lead. But nearly 1 in 6 voters, the survey suggests, are still on the fence. Initiative 1922, if passed, would remove Washington’s penalties for drug possession and direct more than $140 million annually in state funds toward expanded outreach, treatment and recovery services for people with substance use disorders. Similar to Oregon’s Measure 110, which voters there passed in 2020, it represents a shift away from the criminal drug war and toward a harm-reduction model. Commit to Change WA, an ACLU of Washington–backed coalition of advocates and organizations, has already raised more than $1.5 million to support the would-be initiative, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission. To qualify the measure for November’s ballot, the group needs to gather at least 324,516 valid voter signatures by July 8. It recently posted job listings for staff at six offices across the state. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Commit to Change WA (@commit2changewa) In a call last week with reporters before the signature-gathering launch, I-1922 proponents said Washington voters broadly recognize that the state’s drug laws—which until last year classified most simple drug possession as a felony—have failed to address problem drug use while at the same time perpetuating discrimination and racism against Black, brown and Indigenous communities. “If I can talk to a, you know, dyed-in-the-wool, old, Eastern Washington sheriff’s deputy, and they look at me and say, ‘Yeah, what we’re doing isn’t working,’ I know we’re ready to address this,” said Everett Maroon, a member of Commit to Change’s steering committee and the executive director of a Walla Walla healthcare nonprofit. Dave Metz of California-based FM3 Research…

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