Marijuana Revenue Would Be Stripped From Seattle-Area Sheriff’s Department Under New Budget Proposal

Marijuana Revenue Would Be Stripped From Seattle-Area Sheriff’s Department Under New Budget Proposal

Washington State’s most populous county will consider shifting $4.6 million in marijuana tax revenue away from the sheriff’s department under a new budget proposal unveiled this week. King County Executive Dow Constantine (D) officially released the plan Tuesday as part of his proposed budget for the next two years. He said the funds would be reallocated to helping people vacate past cannabis convictions, clear fines and court fees and pay for community programs such as youth marijuana prevention. “As my proposed budget took shape, our anti-racism priorities and criminal legal system transformation coalesced around three principles: Divest, invest, and re-imagine,” Constantine said in the budget announcement. “By divest, I mean stopping current practices that cause harm and diverting the savings to serve a greater good.” Watch Constantine discuss his marijuana revenue proposal, about 9:00 into the video below: Constantine’s office said the $4.6 million that would be divested from the King County Sheriff’s Office “represents all the money received by King County from retail marijuana sales.” Of that money, $2.8 million would go to “a program to help individuals vacate convictions of marijuana-related offenses that are no longer illegal, and settle unpaid court fines, fees, and restitution that could lead to incarceration,” Constantine’s office said. Unlike Seattle, which in 2018 moved to vacate past cannabis convictions automatically, King County and most of the rest of the state still require people to file individual petitions in court. “Black communities have historically been disproportionately harmed by the nation’s ‘war on drugs,’ and…

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