Posted: Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:32AM
Local Prosecutor Says Some Pot Cases Could Be Dropped
Governor Christine Gregoire says she's still not sure if the federal government will block our state's new marijuana law.
Gregoire met with federal lawyers in Washington, D.C. yesterday to get some direction on the new law.
While the state has legalized recreational use of pot, it's still a violation of federal law.
Whatcom County Prosecutor David McEachran says he's not surprised that the pot law passed.
He says it's possible that local marijuana possession cases could be dismissed.
McEachran says 53 people in Whatcom County are currently facing marijuana possession charges.
Initiative 502, which was approved by 55% of the state's voters, will decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana among residents age 21 and older, beginning December 6th.
Colorado also passed a measure legalizing the drug.
Gregoire says the justice department is reviewing both laws to determine what their response will be.