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Tacoma: Pot priority measure passing easily

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Nov. 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
November 9, 2011 12:40 am

Tacoma voters are easily passing citywide ballot Initiative No. 1 — the measure seeking to make “marijuana or cannabis offenses … the lowest enforcement priority of the City of Tacoma.”

After initial ballot counts posted at 8:15 p.m., 65 percent of voters (16,888 votes total) were favoring the measure, compared to 35 percent of those casting no votes (9,240 total).

Backers of Initiative 1, which is modeled after a Seattle law passed in 2003, have said they pushed to take the issue to voters in part to protect medical marijuana patients from potential legal consequences.

Top city law enforcement officials have said they don’t target marijuana offenses now and contend the measure likely won’t  change what they do.

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