Another Washington State Prosecutor Drops Marijuana Cases

In the wake of the passage of Washington’s law to legalize and regulate marijuana, a third county prosecutor has announced he will drop all marijuana cases for possession of less than an ounce by defendants who are 21 or older — possession legalized by the law. Two other county prosecutors said last week they would dismiss 220 possession cases; Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik could not estimate the number of cases in his county. The law will affect state arrests and prosecutions occurring after the effective date of Dec. 6, but state officials are already signaling their willingness to comply with the spirit of the law. Although marijuana remains federally illegal, federal prosecutors rarely target such low-level simple possession.