Marijuana Policy Review Panel Records, 2003-2007

Overview of the Collection

Marijuana Policy Review Panel (Seattle, Wash.)
Marijuana Policy Review Panel Records
2003-2007 (inclusive)
0.4 cubic feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
Materials gathered and consulted by the Marijuana Policy Review Panel in the course of preparing its report on the implementation of Initiative 75 which was passed by Seattle voters to make marijuana offences the "City's lowest law enforcement priority."
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 2003, Seattle voters passed Initiative 75 to make marijuana offences the "City's lowest law enforcement priority." Ordinance 121509 was adopted by the Seattle City Council to establish a "sensible marijuana law enforcement policy." An eleven member Marijuana Policy Review Panel was established to assess and report on the effects of this ordinance and the implementation of I-75. The Panel was required to include two members of the City Council, two citizen members, one drug abuse prevention counselor, one harm reduction advocate, one representative of the Seattle Police Department, two criminal defense attorneys, one representative of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and one representative of the Seattle City Attorney's Office.

In their final report, the Panel concluded that there were reductions in marijuana-related offenses, but were unable to conclude definitively that these reductions were attributable to I-75's passage. The Panel also collected and analyzed data to determine whether implementation of the ordinance would impact public safety, public health, public administration, or have any adverse fiscal ramifications. They concluded that there was no evidence of any adverse effect of the implementation of I-75 in any of the substantive areas examined. The MPRP was disbanded after their final report in 2007. In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first U.S. states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Washington had previously legalized medical marijuana in 1998. Under state law, cannabis is legal for medical purposes and for any purpose by adults over 21.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials gathered and consulted by the Marijuana Policy Review Panel (MPRP) in the course of preparing its final report. Includes establishing legislation, MPRP meeting agenda, minutes, related memos and documents from 2003 through 2007. Also includes final report drafts and additional reference. The panel's Final Report of the Marijuana Policy Review Panel on the Implementation of Initiative 75 is cataloged separately in the Published Documents Collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Marijuana Policy Review Panel Materials, Record Series 9547-01. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Establishing ordinance, Consultant agreement, MPRP member resumes 2003-2006
1 2 Controlled Substance Act, Proposed SPD reporting criteria for marijuana offenders 2003-2004
1 3 MPRP meeting packets Feb. - March 2004 2004
1 4 MPRP meeting packets May - September 2004 2004
1 5 MPRP meeting packets Oct. 2004 - Dec. 2005 2004-2005
1 6 MPRP meeting packet Mar. 16, 2006 2006
1 7 MPRP meeting packets June - Nov. 2006 2006
1 8 MPRP meeting packet Jan. 29, 2007 2007
1 9 MPRP meeting packet Aug. 16, 2007 and Draft Report 2007
1 10 MPRP meeting packet Dec. 4, 2007 and Draft Reports 2007
1 11 Reference Material 2003-2005
1 12 Correspondence to Seattle City Council 2004

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Drug enforcement--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Marijuana--Law and legislation--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Police--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Marijuana Policy Review Panel (Seattle, Wash.)

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)