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The King County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday that it will dismiss active misdemeanor marijuana possession cases as a result of the passage this week of Initiative 502 legalizing marijuana possession of one ounce or less in Washington state.

The move affects 175 King County cases that are currently filed or referred for filing involving individuals age 21 and older who possessed one ounce or less of marijuana, the prosecutor's office said.

With the passage of I-502, marijuana possession of one ounce or less by individuals age 21 and older will become legal in the state on December 6.

Although the effective date of I-502 is not until December 6, there is no point in continuing to seek criminal penalties for conduct that will be legal next month, county prosecutor Dan Satterberg said.

Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist told the Associated Press his office will do the same. He didn't have the number of cases affected available.

Under Initiative 502, possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is legal for people 21 years or older. The initiative overwhelmingly passed on Tuesday with 55 percent of the vote.

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