Criminal Defense Lawyer Stephen Graham Posts About the Anticipated Passing of Initiative 502, Decriminalizing the Use of Marijuana in Washington State

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Latest polling data is showing that Washington State Initiative-502 is expected to pass, decriminalizing the possession of marijuana in an amount of less that one ounce. Criminal law blogger Stephen Graham informs readers on what to anticipate and what not to anticipate.

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If Washington voter initiative 502 passes on Tuesday evening, the criminal justice system will have a pronounced learning curve interpreting the complex provisions of the new legislation. Criminal attorney Steve Graham, in his latest writing on Initiative 502, explains the various provisions and what its means for the citizens of Washington. The law is not retroactive but attorney Steve Graham predicts that prosecuting attorneys will lose interest in following through with many pending charges involving the smaller amounts of cannabis. While the initiative decriminalizes the possession of marijuana in smaller quantities, the law also sets a per se limit for THC in a persons blood while the operate a motor vehicle. More marijuana DUI charges are expected state wide. The law establishes a system of regulation and taxation by Washington State, but Mr. Graham predicts that the federal government would never tolerate such activity even on the local level.

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