Issaquah police plan no immediate changes after Initiative 502 legalizes marijuana

November 13, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

In a milestone, Initiative 502 legalized marijuana for recreational use among adults 21 and older in Washington.

In the days after the measure passed, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg dismissed 175 cases involving people 21 and older for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana.

The law outlined in I-502 is scheduled to take effect Dec. 6. Meanwhile, Washington Liquor Control Board officials must formulate rules to grow, sell, tax and regulate marijuana.

In addition, King County Sheriff Steve Strachan said deputies stopped arresting people caught with 1 ounce or less of marijuana.

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said the Issaquah Police Department does not plan to enforce the law retroactively, as the prosecutor’s and sheriff’s offices opted to do.

“Obviously, we’re waiting for clarity on some of the procedural issues, but in general, our procedures will not change and, of course, we’re going to make sure that the law is followed,” he said.

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