WASHINGTON: Sen. Ann Rivers is praising a prosecutor’s decision to reduce charges in a marijuana-possession case against three Washington teens, saying it’s an example of how the criminal-justice system is still getting acquainted with marijuana-law changes that emerged from this year’s legislative session.
Rivers authored the law aimed at ending conflicts and closing loopholes in the state’s marijuana statutes. She has been following the case, which involved a small amount of marijuana, since felony charges were filed last week. Between a second look at the law and advice from the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the local prosecutor reduced the charges to misdemeanors.
“I applaud the prosecutor for his wisdom and willingness to apply good sense in this case. This was a good test of the new law, and the outcome is in line with what I was trying to accomplish. No one is looking to destroy kids’ lives for making a mistake. As I’ve said many times, this law is about ensuring that we have a tightly regulated marijuana industry that keeps pot out of the hands of our children. That is what voters wanted when they approved Initiative 502,” said Rivers, R-La Center.