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“Court Filings for Adult Marijuana Possession Offenses PLUMMET” in WA

From the ACLU of Washington:
“Passed by Washington voters on November 6, 2012, Initiative 502 legalized marijuana possession for adults age 21 and over when it went into effect 30 days later. New data show the law is having a dramatic effect on prosecutions for misdemeanor marijuana possession offenses in Washington courts. The ACLU of Washingtons analysis of court data, provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts, reveals that filings for low-level marijuana offenses have precipitously decreased from 2009 to 2013:

2009 7964
2010 6743
2011 6879
2012 5531
2013 120

‘The data strongly suggest that I-502 has achieved one of its primary goals to free up limited police and prosecutorial resources. These resources can now be used for other important public safety concerns,’ says Mark Cooke, Criminal Justice Policy Counsel for the ACLU of Washington.”
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Posted by Steve on March 23, 2014 at 5:53 am | Permalink

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