Asotin Co. voters share opinions on legalization of marijuana

CLARKSTON, WA - Washington Initiative 502 would legalize the production, distribution and possession of a small amount of marijuana, and it's a hot button issue in this election.

Two other states, including Oregon and California are both seeking to legalize cannabis, regulate it and then tax the drug. Proponents of the initiative said it would generate a sufficient amount of revenue from the heavy taxing, that can be used toward the deficit many states currently face.

Opponents said marijuana is a gateway drug and would lead people to more illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. KLEW News talked with voters outside the Asotin County Auditor's office who are both for and against the passing of the initiative.

"You know I think that there are ways that it could be good for the community but this one just didn't feel like the right way," said Asotin County Voter Zachary Williams.

"I think if people want to smoke some marijuana, it's up to them," said Asotin County Voter Jim Bridges. "I personally don't, but I'm looking forward to reaping the benefits from the taxes."

If the initiative passes, people ages 21 and over can carry up to one ounce of marijuana. However it's still illegal under federal law, so national law enforcement agents could arrest people, regardless of state law.