Wash. Counties drop pot cases after legalization

Wash. Counties drop pot cases after legalization

Wash. Counties drop pot cases after legalization

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by Associated Press and KGW staff

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Posted on November 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 6:33 PM

SEATTLE --  King and Clark County prosecutors have announced their offices are dropping hundreds of misdemeanor cases of marijuana possession after Washington state voters legalized the drug.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said Friday "there is no point in continuing to seek criminal penalties for conduct that will be legal next month."

Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik said Friday that all pending misdemeanor cases will be dropped and that "basically, we'll follow the law."

The cases affected involve individuals over 21 who possessed one ounce or less of marijuana. Under Initiative 502, possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is legal for people 21 years or older. The initiative overwhelmingly passed on Tuesday with 55 percent of the vote.

Besides de-criminalizing possession, the initiative also sets up a state-run regulatory system. However, its proponents are waiting the response from the federal government, which considers the drug illegal and could intervene in court.

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