Washington State Drops Marijuana Cases in Advance of new law on December 06, 2012
Will December 6th, 2012 become the 'new 420' in Washington and Colorado? That is the date when the votes from November 6th, 2012 will become official thanks to the Secretary of State and governors in Washington and Colorado.
Washington's I-502 and Amendment 64 in Colorado made history when voters in both states decided to 'go green', becoming the first state to make marijuana use by adults legal.
In Washington state some who were busted for marijuana and charged are having their cases dropped. Prosecutors in Washington's two most populated counties are applying I-502 retroactively to 220 misdemeanor marijuana cases.
Prosecutors in King County are dismissing 175 cases and Pierce County is dropping "about four dozen" cases. The cases going away are ones where marijuana is the only offense. The prosecutors decided to retroactively apply I-502 because of how close December 6th, 2012 is. Which I'm sure relieved those who weren't looking forward to those court dates.
The King County prosecutor said, "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." The Pierce County prosecutor said, "The people have spoken through this initiative, and as a practical matter, I don't think you could sell a simple marijuana case to a jury after this initiative passed."
Other Washington counties and municipalities may soon follow, will Colorado prosecutors do the same?