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A look at Portugal’s drug experiment, what’s working and what’s not


PORTUGAL, August 10, 2023—In July 2001 Portugal made a paradigm shift in how it handled drug crimes. The Portuguese Drug Policy Model implemented that year, decriminalized the public and private use, acquisition, and possession of all legal drugs if the amount did not surpass a 10-day supply. The decision was intent on moving drug use, […]

Those convicted of a drug crime in Snohomish County urged to seek Blake relief

Blake relief

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., May 26, 2023—State v. Blake is a 2021 Washington State Supreme Court decision that held that the drug possession law was unconstitutional. If you were convicted of soliciting possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, or certain other drug related misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offenses in Snohomish County District Court you […]

Mayors across Snohomish County support recriminalizing illegal drugs

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., May 6, 2023—Fifteen mayors represented by the Mayors and Business Leaders for Public Safety coalition, join forces in a letter urging the Snohomish County Council to pass proposed Ordinance 23-046 to recriminalize controlled and counterfeit substances. “Currently, cites in Snohomish County and across Washington state are looking to enact laws governing the possession […]

Inslee announces Special Session, County leadership split on illegal drug policy

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., May 3, 2023—Hours after Snohomish County led the state in proposing an ordinance to recriminalize illegal drugs after the failure of legislature’s passage of the “Blake fix,” Governor Jay Inslee announced that he will call a special session to begin on May 16 that will focus on passing a new drug possession […]

County to consider scheduling a Public Hearing on ordinance to re-criminalize illegal drugs

illegal drugs

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., May 1, 2023—At its upcoming Administrative Meeting on Tuesday, May 2, the Snohomish County Council is expected to vote on scheduling a Public Hearing for May 17 to propose an ordinance re-criminalizing controlled and counterfeit substances. To view the meeting’s agenda, click here. The ordinance, sponsored by Council President Jared Mead and […]

Bill to decriminalize hard drugs passes Senate, moves to House for vote

Decriminalize Hard Drugs

With a bipartisan vote of 28-20, SB 5476, the bill to decriminalize hard drugs, passed the Washington state Senate last Thursday, April 15, and will now head to the House. A public hearing is scheduled in the House Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. SB 5476 would make Washington state the second state […]

Bill to legalize hard drugs in Washington state introduced

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By Mario Lotmore  |  Lynnwood Times Staff Olympia, Wash., March 24, 2021 – Yesterday, Senator Manka Dhingra (D – Seattle), introduced SB 5476 to establish personal use amounts for hard drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine within the state of Washington.  The bill is intended to address the State vs. Blake decision on February […]

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