4. MARIJUANA ISSUES: Obviously, with the adoption of the initiative, matters will continue to become even more complex. The provisions allowing possession of less than fixed amount by an individual over 21 go into effect on December 6. However, the methodology by which anyone not possessing a medical certificate authorizing the use and possess can obtain such material legally will not be developed until about a year from now. So, one without a certificate can possess but that individual can not obtain legally.
A real conundrum in terms of enforcement and prosecution in the interim prior to December 6 is apparently developing in some counties and cities. I would note that apparently the prosecutors of King County and Clark County are going to dismiss pending cases based upon violation of the law which will remain in effect until December 6. I was also told that Mr. Menefee is considering such an approach. I will admit that as City Attorney, I am not considering that approach since it was and is currently illegal to possess except under specific conditions. Still unanswered is also the question of how the federal government is going to handle the inconsistency between federal and state law on this matter.11-28-12 city council