Tacoma City Marijuana Question (November 2011)

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A Tacoma City Marijuana Question was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the city of Tacoma which is in Pierce County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 27,540 (65.52%)Approveda
  • NO 14,492 (34.48%)[1]

This measure sought to amend the City code so as to make marijuana offenses the lowest enforceable in the city.[2] This measure was brought to the ballot through a successful petition drive which collected 3,934 valid signatures.[3] Proponents of the measure noted that since this was approved, it will allow the police to focus on more important crimes in the city and allow public resources to be better utilized. Though there was no official opposition, police officers had noted that pot crimes were already considered the lowest priority so there was not a need for this proposal. The Police Chief stated that even though this measure was approved, there will likely be no changes to how officers work.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This initiative amends Tacoma Municipal Code Title 8 to provide that marijuana or cannabis offenses be the lowest enforcement priority of the City of Tacoma.[5]

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