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Yakima decides to dismiss pending marijuana charges

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The City of Yakima has decided what to do with pending marijuana cases, now that I-502 has passed.

A city attorney says they plan to dismiss 14 cases where the defendant is 21 years or older and is only facing misdemeanor possession charges.
Yakima's Senior Assistant City Attorney, Cynthia Martinez says the move will save the city a little money in trial costs and free up a lot of resources. 

"This is something that the tax payers and the voters have determined that it's not, that they don't want us to spend our resources on," said Martinez.

She says that although it will be legal to carry less than an ounce of marijuana on you starting December 6th, possession of drug paraphernalia, like a pipe, is still a crime.