Alison Holcomb: Architect of Marijuana Legislation

Kyle Kushman speaks with Alison Holcomb, the Director, Campaign for Smart Justice for the ACLU. Known as the architect of marijuana legalization in Washington state, she takes us through the process that would bring cannabis legalization to Washington State.

Considered the architect of marijuana legalization in Washington State, Alison Holcomb was the primary author of Washington State Initiative Measure No. 502 and director of New Approach Washington, a political action committee that led the campaign to its passage by a HUGE 56-44 margin on November 6, 2012.

The documentary “Evergreen” chronicles this fight…Alison speaks along with our friend Vivian McPeak and others from the canna-cause….check it out for free on Netflix!

Since that MAJOR victory, she has been named as the Director of the ACLU National Campaign for Smart Justice, a campaign that is supported by $50 million dollars in grants from The Open Society Foundations.
The purpose? “…To reform state-level criminal justice policies that have increased incarceration rates dramatically during a period of declining crime and have exacerbated racial disparities.”
With over 2.2 million in our country’s adult jail and prison population (that’s ONE in 100 adults!), the U.S. currently has the highest incarceration rate in THE WORLD. The ACLU intends to cut that number in half by 2020.