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Originally published November 8, 2011 at 9:32 PM | Page modified November 8, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Tacoma likes low priority on pot enforcement

Tacoma voters were easily passing citywide ballot Initiative No. 1 — the measure seeking to make "marijuana or cannabis offenses ... the lowest enforcement priority of the City of Tacoma."

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Tacoma voters easily passed citywide ballot Initiative No. 1 — the measure seeking to make "marijuana or cannabis offenses ... the lowest enforcement priority" of the city.

After Tuesday night's count, 65 percent of voters favored the measure, while 35 percent cast no votes.

Backers of Initiative 1, modeled after a Seattle law passed in 2003, have said they pushed to take the issue to voters in part to protect legal medical-marijuana patients from potential legal consequence.

The Seattle initiative was promoted as a way to make the most of limited law-enforcement resources.

Tacoma law-enforcement officials say they don't target pot offenses and that the measure likely won't change that.

Material from Seattle Times archives was included.

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