Drug Possession Law Talks Continue In Washington

Talks continue in advance of next Tuesday’s planned special session of the Washington Legislature to try to find a compromise for a statewide drug possession law.  The state Supreme Court struck down Washington’s felony drug possession law in 2021, after which legislators temporarily made drug possession a misdemeanor.  But that expires July 1, and legislators remain split, with some wanting to go to a gross misdemeanor as a way to encourage users to seek treatment and others wanting to stay at a misdemeanor.  Goldendale Republican Representative Gina Mosbrucker is involved in the negotiations, and she says there is no deal as of yet.  Washington Governor Jay Inslee did set the special session to be 30 days in length, even though legislators are not expected to go to Olympia until there is a deal in place.  If no legislation is passed, many local governments are preparing to pass their own ordinances, which some say could set up a confusing patchwork of drug laws in Washington.

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