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Topic - Mark Cooke
A steep drop in the number of misdemeanor marijuana possession charges filed against adults over 21 in Washington state after legalization shows the new law is freeing up court and law enforcement resources to deal with other issues, a primary backer of the law said Wednesday.
In a story March 5 about three Blackfeet tribal members who pleaded guilty to holding illegal big-game hunts for country musicians, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jay Wells is a former Blackfeet Tribal Business Council member. Wells has been suspended from the council, not removed from it.
Three former Blackfeet tribal leaders pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges they held illegal big-game hunts for country musicians participating in an outdoors television show on the northwestern Montana reservation.
Prior to I-502's passage in 2012, blacks were nearly three times as likely as whites to face misdemeanor marijuana possession charges in Washington, and that remained true among the 120 cases filed last year, he said.
The data, which came from Washington's Administrative Office of the Courts, also suggest racial disparities remain a concern in marijuana charges, Cooke said.