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Prosecutors Mulling Marijuana Legalities

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PASCO, Wash. -- County prosecutors from all over the state met last week to discuss the big issues they're facing and Initiative 502 was a hot topic of conversation.

Franklin County Prosecutor, Shawn Sant says, like many of us, prosecutors have many questions that are still unanswered about the legal use of recreational marijuana. Sant says they're still waiting for some direction from the federal government and the State Liquor Control Board.

Sant says there are specific issues they're concerned about, like expecting an increased number of impaired driving cases which will lead to more blood draws and could overwhelm the state crime lab.

Sant says the crime labs are also making some changes, but locally he says prosecutors are trying to stay on the same page.

"Prosecutor Miller, we're working, trying to be somewhat consistent on how we do things in both of our counties so that we have some consistency in our area. I think that's important. we're still trying to look at, at least for Franklin County, we're trying to look at kind of guidance we can give to law enforcement," said Sant.

Sant says a lot of cities and counties are in the process of creating their own ordinances on what they will or will not allow. Pasco recently amended their zoning code to essentially ban medical marijuana gardens inside city limits.

Wednesday, Franklin County Commissioners also discussed a moratorium on collective gardens.

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