Failing to act legalizes drugs

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Last updated 5/19/2023 at 7:50am

The state Legislature is headed back to Olympia this week for a special session specifically to deal with the prospect of all drugs becoming legal July 1.

Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, says he hopes lawmakers will pass a new drug-possession law to fix last year’s so-called “Blake fix.”

At issue is a temporary law that expires at the end of next month relating to possession of drugs in Washington.

The temporary law was implemented during the 2022 legislative session after the state Supreme Court ruled the previous drug-possession law was unconstitutional because it criminalized pos...

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