Delegates at the state Democratic convention voted to endorse Initiative 1068, which would legalize the sale and use of marijuana in Washington.
The vote was 314-185, a defeat for delegates who said the initiative is too broad and would make it more difficult for candidates to run in more conservative areas.
Supporters are mounting a last minute push to get the initiative on the ballot.
On a voice vote, Democrats overwhelmingly opposed Initiative 1100, which has turned in enough signatures to likely earn a place on the ballot, and Initiative 1105. Both would privatize the state-run system of liquor sales, allowing grocery stores and other businesses to sell hard liquor.
A few people at the convention supported the initiatives as helpful to private enterprise, but most cheered arguments that it would lead to more underage drinking while enriching businesses at the expense of well-paying government jobs. “They’re not going to hire more people when Costco puts up another rack with booze in it,” one delegate said.