Drug Law

New Seattle City Attorney to Dismiss All Marijuana Possession Cases

| by Marijuana Policy Project

By Mike Meno

Pete Holmes, the newly elected Seattle city attorney, is already making good on his campaign promise to dismiss any marijuana possession charges that come through his office, the Seattle Times reported last week.

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Holmes dismissed two marijuana-related cases on his first day on the job, and several others are about to be dismissed, including cases taken up by the previous city attorney.

According to the Times, Holmes’ predecessor, Tom Carr, had continued to prosecute low-level marijuana arrests even after city voters passed a referendum in 2003 making marijuana the lowest law-enforcement priority for local officials.

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This is just the latest in a whole string of good news coming out of Washington state in recent weeks.