Clark County to drop marijuana cases due to new law - KPTV - FOX 12

Clark County to drop marijuana cases due to new law

Posted: Updated: Nov 9, 2012 05:29 PM
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Washington voters approved an initiative to legalize marijuana and it's going to get some drug possession suspects off the hook.

Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik said Friday that all misdemeanor marijuana charges involving suspects at least 21 years old will be dropped in the county.

The cases will be dropped when the new law is scheduled to take effect Dec. 6.

Clark County is following the lead of King County, where lawmakers announced 175 such cases would be called off.

The cases that will be canceled involve the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Charges against suspects under the age of 21 will still go forward, because the new law does not apply to them.

Initiative 502 passed 55 percent to 44 percent on Election Day.

Under the law, adults 21 years and older would be allowed to have up to an ounce of marijuana starting on Dec. 6, but you still aren't allowed to light up in public.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will regulate the taxing and distribution of the pot and has a year to develop its plan.

Only marijuana grown by specially-licensed Washington farmers would be legal and that marijuana would then be sold in stand-alone, marijuana-only stores.

The Department of Justice said it is reviewing the ballot initiative in Washington.

In a statement, the U.S. Attorney in Seattle said:

"The Department of Justice's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. The Department is reviewing the ballot initiative here and in other states and has no additional comment at this time."

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