In a municipal move signifying the dying war on drugs, the city of Seattle is going to vacate convictions and dismiss charges for marijuana misdemeanors. Former U.S. Attorney and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes made the announcement during a press conference on Feb. 8, 2018.
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SEATTLE, Feb. 8, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Former U.S. Attorney and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes announced that the City of Seattle will move to vacate misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions prosecuted by the City before marijuana was legalized in Washington.
On March 22, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion for the city to create the Cannabis Licensing Commission, with the commission being responsible for the oversight of the city’s recreational cannabis licensing process.
In light of Nevada legalizing recreational marijuana, Reno City Attorney Karl Hall announced on Nov.16, 2016, that his office would likely stop prosecuting low-level marijuana possession.
On Oct. 6, 2016, San Diego launched the “Buy Safe, Buy Legal” campaign as a means of hindering illegal medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, asking residents to only buy medical marijuana from legally licensed dispensaries.
On December 2, 2014, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking to shut down Nestdrop, a smartphone application that allows customers to order medical marijuana via touch screen and have it delivered.
In 2011, Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney, called for marijuana legalization, according to an op-ed piece he wrote for The Seattle Times. Holmes has even bought marijuana, and broken city rules by bringing it to work with him. Now, it appears Holmes has been targeted by a disgruntled police officer who is unhappy that voters passed I-502.
As you may recall, Los Angeles hosted California’s first ever cannabis farmers market over the Fourth of July weekend. Thousands of people lined up around the block to purchase medical cannabis in smokable, edible and topical forms. Thousands of dollars were made that day and everyone generally agreed that it was a huge success, except for LA’s city attorney, appropriately named Mike Feuer.