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Clallam to drop pending marijuana cases

November 21st, 2012 - 5:46am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County will drop a handful of misdemeanor marijuana cases after passage of Initiative 502.

In a prepared release yesterday, Prosecutor Deb Kelly said "while the initiative was not retroactive and there is no legal right to this relief, a majority of voters prefer law enforcement devote limited resources to other matters".

Kelly cautioned possession of any quantity of marijuana for those under age twenty-one is still illegal and it is also against the law to grow, distribute, or possess more than an ounce until the Liquor Board begins licensing in late next year.

Initiative 502 legalized the possession of small quantities of marijuana for personal use. It takes effect on December 6th. Several other counties have also made similar moves as Clallam in dropping pending charges that would be legal under the new state law.

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