Colorado prosecutor will drop pot possession cases

November 14, 2012 12:56 p.m. - Updated: 1:20 p.m.

BOULDER, Colo. — A Colorado county that is home to the University of Colorado is the latest to drop pending marijuana possession cases in the wake of a public vote to legalize the drug.

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett told the Daily Camera newspaper today his office would drop possession cases under one ounce for adults. He said the effect would be minimal because his office already considers marijuana a low priority.

At least three prosecutors in Washington state announced plans last week to drop similar possession cases.

Garnett said his office will also not prosecute any marijuana paraphernalia charges.

The measure approved by Colorado voters allows adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of the drug. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

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