Seattle's new city attorney drops marijuana charges

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 19, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 19 at 9:30 PM

SEATTLE - Seattle's new City Attorney is dismissing marijuana possession cases. By the end of the month, more than 25 people charged with possession could be off the hook.

In Seattle now, you can be arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana, but more than likely, you won't be prosecuted.

During his campaign, Pete Holmes promised as City Attorney he would dismiss marijuana possession charges brought by former City Attorney Tom Carr. Over the weekend his office reviewed a stack of cases and determined that more than two dozen will be dismissed.

A Seattle police spokeswoman tells KING 5 that even with the change in prosecution,  they'll continue to bust people for marijuana, however it will continue to be a very low priority.

The state legislature is considering bills to decriminalize or legalize marijuana in Washington. It would remain illegal under federal law.

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