Kitsap County prosecutor to drop pot possession cases, too

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PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County prosecutor Russ Hauge has become the latest in the state to drop criminal cases against defendants charged with marijuana possession.

After the passage of the marijuana legalization measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, prosecutors in King, Pierce and Clark counties announced they would drop cases against those charged with simple possession of marijuana.

Under the new law, which will take effect Dec. 6, adults 21 and older will be able to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana.

The Kitsap Sun reported Wednesday that Hauge estimated that between 20 and 100 cases will be dropped in Kitsap County. Hauge doesn’t believe juries will convict pot possession defendants after voters approved Initiative 502, the pot legalization measure, the Sun said.

As in the other counties, people charged with crimes beyond pot possession will still face prosecution.

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    A step in the right direction. I believe it's the liquor and tobacco industries that have been instrumental in keeping marijuana illegal for decades in order to stifle competition from a safer product.

    • JayHobeSound

      The private prison companies have been lobbying against any/all marijuana-related reforms to the existing statutes, including medical marijuana. These companies only profit when beds are filled.

      The addiction recovery industry is another big money maker in the long-running War on Drugs. Rehab facilities are certainly helpful to many people, but there have been some that have been in business to make money without providing any legitimate help for addicts, especially recovery centers aimed at teenagers. The most famous of the recovery scam artists is former US Ambassador to Italy Mel Sembler, he and his wife owned the Straight Inc centers since the early 1980s. They have changed the names of the centers over the years, but they continue to this day to operate a foundation that rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars per year from govt grants. The suicides of teenagers didn't stop the Semblers from scamming, but it did stop them from operating unlicensed centers that held teens against their will, some resorting to suicide to escape. Now they profit by pushing pre-employment drug testing for businesses.

  • Wes

    Not many private, personal pot cases brought in Alaska where the privacy clause to our constitution has been the law since 1975l Only an idiot for a cop will fill out the paperwork to have the DA throw it in the trash.

    The Feds won't prosecute cases involving 100 pounds: while it is against the federal law, they don't want to waste their time either. Face it, Grandma and grandpa smoke the stuff!

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