What's important about legal weed in Washington is that state law enforcement (the only that exists here) is not going to ticket /fine / imprison anyone that has weed. Anyway you slice it, that's a good thing. Also, as far as WA being highly ranked in unemployment, etc., most likely that is a statistical problem. West of the Cascade mountains things are pretty peachy,lots of industry, fishing, forestry, etc. Eastern washington is mostly desert and is well... not as economically sound. Personally my financial situation changed radically when I left Arizona (where I was essentially begging for scraps) and came up here, where I got paid enough to definitely afford a non-leaking roof over my head and food in belly. That's all I need, I couldn't get it in AZ. (Which is apparently and ideal environment for conservatives? They LOVE that place!).