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Spokane, Other Counties to Stop Prosecuting Many Marijuana Cases

Washington counties to drop some marijuana cases
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Immediate effects are being seen from the passage of I-502.Spokane County authorities have announced they will no longer prosecute cases of adults arrested for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. This move joins King, Pierce and Clark counties that adopted a similar stance.

Officials say, however, this will not amount to much of a change in drug-related case backlogs. The vast majority of cases in these counties, as well as others, involve people charged for possession, or distribution, of significantly larger amounts.

Many arrests we read of in the news involve pounds — sometimes hundreds of pounds — of the drug. This new policy appears to reflect the language of I-502, which indicates a person 21 or older will no longer be prosecuted for possession of an once or less of the drug.

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