Prosecutors Drop 220 Pot Cases in Washington State

... thanks to Tuesday's vote on legalization

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 10, 2012 10:03 AM CST

(Newser) – Meet the 220 people happiest that Washington state voted to legalize small amounts of marijuana: the folks who faced criminal charges before Tuesday's vote but are now having those charges dismissed. Local authorities said yesterday they were dropping the 200-plus misdemeanor cases even though legalization doesn't take effect for another month, reports the Seattle Times.

"I think when the people voted to change the policy, they weren't focused on when the effective date of the new policy would be," says the top prosecutor in King County. "They spoke loudly and clearly that we should not treat small amounts of marijuana as an offense."

Medical marijuana is packaged for sale in 1-gram packages at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
A marijuana plant grows at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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