Local Prosecuting Attorney drafts ordinance to replace overthrown possession law
Public hearing set for proposed local ordinance making simple possession of controlled substance a misdemeanor
April 1, 2021
DAYTON—Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack has wasted no time heading off a headache for local law enforcement due to the State Supreme Court ruling Washington State v. Blake on February 25, 2021.
As reported in the March 18 edition of the Times, the ruling struck down as unconstitutional Washington’s strict liability drug possession statute, RCW 69.50.4013, which made possession of a controlled substance a felony. The Court’s ruling said the state law was unconstitutional because it included criminalizing passive, unknowing conduct in violation of due process protections....