King County dropping misdemeanor marijuana possession cases

BY STEPHANIE KLEIN

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The King County Prosecutor’s Office says it’ll dismiss all its misdemeanor marijuana possession cases because of the passage of I-502. (AP Photo)

 

The King County Prosecutor’s Office says it’ll immediately dismiss all of its misdemeanor marijuana possession cases because of the passage of I-502, legalizing marijuana possession of one ounce or less.

There are currently 175 cases currently filed or referred for filing with the county prosecutor’s office that involve someone who is 21-years-old or older, and who had an ounce or less.

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg says it’s the right thing to do in light of the voters’ decision.

“Although the effective date of I-502 is not until December 6, there is no point in continuing to seek criminal penalties for conduct that will be legal next month,” Satterberg said.

Possessing an ounce or less of marijuana will become legal in Washington on Dec. 6.

 

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