GrassRootsWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to covering some of the cost volunteer signature gatherers incur as a result of their efforts. This year GrassRootsWA is focused on the I-739 campaign. It is an effort to further legalize marijuana or cannabis. 
Further information about the initiative may be found at Real Legalization.

You can download 4 signature mail in petitions and 20 signature petitions here.

How the GrassRootsWA program works is that the signature gatherer pays for the printing of the petitions, pens, boards and other miscellaneous materials they need. They may produce their own buttons, banners, signs, caps, shirts, or any other thing using the GrassRootsWA logo or the I-739 logo and retain any moneys from the sale of such items. If a volunteer chooses to spend more than $500 per 30 days or $1000 in 90 days on everything they do that is related to GrassRootsWA and/or I-739 they become a lobbyist and must report to the state as such. Volunteers that choose to spend more than $500 in 30 days or $1000 in 90 days
on everything they do that is related to GrassRootsWA and  I-739 combined have become a lobbyist and must report to the state as such.

The printing cost for petitions vary, but should be no higher than $1 per sheet to print. ALL PETITIONS MUST BE PRINTED FRONT AND BACK ON 11” x 17” PAPER (TABLOID). Any petition on smaller paper or not printed both sides are subject to automatic rejection by the Secretary of State’s office.

Any individual that fills out the gatherer information on the front of the 20 signature petition will be eligible for reimbursement on a per validated signature basis. Sorry, businesses or groups are not eligible for reimbursement. A phone number is required as it is the key to how we tract the signatures that you gather. You may also be paid for 4 signature sheets as long as you have returned at least one 20 signature sheet with your contact information including your phone number written on the top of the back after the phrase “Petitions are printed on 11” x 17” by volunteers like you.”

In January of 2015 there are two possible outcomes depending on the success of our campaign. If I-739 collects enough signatures that the SOS’s office accepts the I-739 petitions they will invalidate some signatures.

GrassRootsWA will pay at an equal rate per signature to each gatherer with at least one properly filled out gatherer box an equal share of all the money donated to the GrassRootsWA campaign between March 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

If I-739 does not have enough signatures to qualify GrassRootsWA will do an internal audit based on the voter rolls that will be obtained from the WA SOS office in January of 2016. Petitions will be sorted by the gatherer. A random sampling of a minimum of at least 10% and a minimum of 250 signatures may be used for volunteers that get over 250 signatures will be used to determine a number of valid signatures returned for each gatherer..

In the interests of all volunteers credit will not given for invalidated signatures.

GrassRootsWA will disperse all funds donated to it in the time period that
739 is able to collect signatures by March 1st 2016.

Cut off for donations for the 739 campaign is 12/31/2015.
GrassRootsWA grew out of Sensible Washington’s I-1068 volunteer signature gathering effort. Many people spent their own money for campaign expenses and were told they would be reimbursed. Some were, others were not. It created a big credibility gap between the SW leadership and volunteers that had more time than money. Sensible Washington’s I-1149 volunteer signature gathering effort saw far fewer people spending money they could not afford to spend on a cause they really believed in. There was also a transparency issue with where were donations going. 

At the end of the I-1149 campaign a number of Sensible Washington’ volunteer activists decided to educate the public about the failings of I-502 through a competing initiative. As I-502 was the NAW campaign, I-504 was the YEP campaign. Yes, end penalties. The initiative was based off of the SW I1149 initiative. Of course for just a few volunteers this was too little, too late. But it taught the core of our group many valuable lessons about the initiative process. Our core learned more as CPPA. This was the first time writing an initiative from scratch.

At the end of 2012 our focus had to change from “legalizing marijuana” to “really legalizing marijuana.” I-502 appears to most voters to have legalized marijuana. It did actually legalize some possession even without a license or recommendation, but all growing and transfers still required a license or recommendation. I-502 left it a felony to transfer any marijuana at all, even a seed, without a license. Sharing a joint or a pipe, growing a single plant, or simply giving bud as a gift can get a person five years in jail. A person under 21 still gets a mandatory one day in jail and up to 90 days in jail, even for their first offense.

In 2103 our core became RealLegalization and GrassRootsWA. RealLegalization is about helping the public understand the issue of marijuana legalization while GrassRootsWA is about helping the cannabis activist be the most effective.

Our core understood the need for a transparent way for people to donate and have it go to the most effective thing, signature gathering by volunteers and activists. That is the purpose of GrassRootsWA. All money donated during the course of the initiative campaign goes back to volunteers to defray their costs and it goes back to them based on their effectiveness at 
gathering signatures. In 2013 GrassRootsWA worked with the Yes on 584
campaign. Because of low participation GrassRootsWA was able to reimburse at the rate of $1 per signature. In 2014 GrassRootsWA was able to reimburse at the rate of $3 per signature. It is not likely that we will be able to reimburse at that rate this year. A more realistic expectation this year would be 10 to 25 cents per signature.