The ‘Blake’ decision and state revenue news
March 31, 2021
In a stunning 5-4 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled the state’s felony drug possession law unconstitutional. Essentially, the mere act of finding an illicit substance on someone’s person or on their property is no longer considered an arrestable offense. The ruling in State v. Blake decriminalizes the possession of all drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.
The court’s decision reverses decades of convictions, related fines and imprisonment – leaving cities, counties, prosecutors and law enforcement unsure how to proceed. I have already...