Washington to Wipe Convictions from Unconstitutional Drug Possession Law
(Olympia, WA) -- Work is underway now to clear the records of people who were convicted under Washington's last drug possession law. Last year, the Washington State Supreme Court deemed the measure unconstitutional.
Last year, the court voted 5-4 to strike down the law on the grounds that it didn't require people to know that they had drugs in their possession in order to be charged. According to KING-5 News, the law was reexamined when a Spokane woman was charged with possession after police found a small amount of meth in a pair of jeans she borrowed from a friend.
Governor Jay Inslee commuted the sentences of over 100 people convicted of drug possession in response to the ruling.