by Brandon Wenerd on November 12, 2012

Washington's Initiative 502, which legalizes the recreational use and possession of marijuana, goes into effect on December 6. In the meantime, Seattle-area prosecutor announced he will dismiss about 175 misdemeanor pot possession cases in King County. The county's sheriff announced its deputies will no longer arrest adults caught with one ounce or less of weed. Here's King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg's statement:

“Today’s decision will impact 175 King County cases that are currently filed or referred for filing involving individuals age 21 and older who possessed one ounce or less of marijuana. With the passage of I-502, marijuana possession of one ounce or less by individuals age 21 and older will become legal in the state of Washington on Dec. 6.

Although the effective date of I-502 is not until Dec. 6, there is no point in continuing to seek criminal penalties for conduct that will be legal next month.”

Hmmm, I wonder how 175 people in Seattle celebrating are celebrating getting their simple possession charges getting dropped? Everything else you need to know in a local report:

[H/T: Gawker]