King County Sheriff’s Office not to focus on marijuana

King County Sheriff
King County Sheriff's Office
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Following a change in filing by the King County prosecutor’s office, King County Sheriff’s Office deputies will not be directed to arrest or charge individuals caught with one ounce or less of marijuana following of the passage of I-502.

Earlier today the King County Prosecutor’s Office made a prosecutorial decision to dismiss several cases of marijuana possess.

“Now that the initiative has passed, and now that the Prosecutor’s Office won’t be charging the individuals, we will also not focus on behavior that will be legal under Washington State law after Dec. 6,” said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan.

There are 12 municipalities that contract with the Sheriff’s Office for police services including Kenmore. It remains the policy decision of the municipal attorneys and policy makers of those cities to determine how they will proceed between now and Dec. 6.

This decision only affects the deputies working in unincorporated King County.


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