Angus Lee on Lars Larson Show: New Supreme Court Ruling

Attorney D. Angus Lee appears on the Lars Larson radio show to provide legal analysis on a new ruling from the Washington State Supreme Court regarding Washington State’s drug possession law. Interview starts with 33:23 remaining.

In State v. Blake, that Washington State Supreme Court wrote "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 to deprivation of numerous other rights and opportunities; and does all this without proof that the defendant even knew they possessed the substance. This case presents an issue of first impression for this court: Does this strict liability drug possession statute with these substantial penalties for such innocent, passive conduct exceed the legislature’s police power? The due process clauses of the state and federal constitutions, along with controlling decisions of this court and the United States Supreme Court, compel us to conclude that the answer is yes—this exceeds the State’s police power." State v. Blake, No. 96873-0, 2021 Wash. LEXIS 107, at *2 (Feb. 25, 2021)(emphasis added).