Reforms from I-75 off to a good start
The reforms brought about by the voter-approved I-75 ballot measure are having a noticeable effect in Seattle. The Marijuana Policy Review Panel, established by I-75, has met six times and has scheduled its next meeting for September 20, at 5:30 p.m., in City Hall room 370. Click here to find future meeting times.
Please attend the meetings — which are open to the public — and take advantage of this historic opportunity to help Seattle pioneer sensible marijuana policy. If you can’t attend the meetings, please pass this message on to someone who can.
According to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and the Office of the City Attorney, only 34 people have been arrested in Seattle for misdemeanor marijuana possession between January and May of this year. This figure represents a roughly 50 percent reduction in arrests, and it signals that SPD is taking voters’ wishes, as expressed in the landslide victory of I-75, seriously.
The initiative was placed on the ballot by the Sensible Seattle Coalition and was supported by several state legislators, the King County Bar Association, the Seattle League of Women Voters, and the Washington state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. To learn more about the panel, please click here.