The Associated Press is reporting that supporters of Initiative 1068 – which would legalize the cultivation, sale, possession and use of marijuana – are having trouble getting the necessary 241,000 petition signatures before the July 2 ballot deadline. They were counting on financial help to pay for signature gatherers from the Service Employees International Union, but that hasn’t materialized.
I think the weed backers missed a bet. They should have teamed up with Costco, which is using its own employees as signature gatherers at its stores for an initiative to get the state out of the liquor business. Convince Costco that it could make a lot of money if pot becomes legal – buy it by the bushel! – and piggyback on its existing signature-gathering efforts.
Costco just might go for it. Just think how much more munchies-quelling snack food it could sell.