Real solutions: Legislation to address the state Supreme Court Blake ruling

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On March 23, House Republicans introduced a comprehensive package of legislation to address the Washington Supreme Court’s Blake ruling that struck down the state’s felony drug possession law. Details on the legislation:

  • House Bill 1558 would promote recovery and improve public safety by providing behavioral health system responses to individuals with substance use disorder and providing training to law enforcement personnel.
  • House Bill 1559 would provide a behavioral health response to juveniles consuming controlled substances.
  • House Bill 1560 would consider the mental state element of a person’s intention to knowingly commit a crime (mens rea) involving offenses related to possession of substances.
  • House Bill 1561 would expand offenses and penalties for manufacture, sale, distribution, and other conduct involving controlled substances and counterfeit substances.
  • House Bill 1562 would allow local governments to enact laws and ordinances relating to possession of controlled substances and counterfeit substances.

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GORDON MCCLOUD,J.—Washington’s strict liability drug possession statute, RCW 69.50.4013, makes possession of a controlled substance a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, plus a hefty fine; leads…