Friday, November 23, 2012

Another Washington County Drops Pot Possession Prosecutions

Posted By on Fri, Nov 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Law enforcement in Kitsap County in western Washington are the latest to drop prosecutions against defendants charged solely with marijuana possession.

The Associated Press reports that between 20 and 100 cases will be dropped, but those individuals charged with crimes beyond marijuana possession will still face prosectuion.

Law enforcement in Washington's Clark, King and Pierce counties had previously announced that they would dump marijuana possession prosecutions in the wake of Washington voters' recent decision to legalize the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana.

Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge told the AP that he didn't believe juries would convict pot possession defendants after the approval of Initiative 502.

The legalization goes into effect on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Meanwhile, some Idaho law enforcement officials have expressed public concern about Washingtonians crossing into the Gem State with their pot.

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