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Pot boosters see hope in ballot successes

North Coast marijuana advocates are buzzing about the historic elections in Colorado and Washington where voters legalized marijuana for recreational purposes.

Local lawyers draft initiative to legalize marijuana

Two Sonoma County lawyers behind a new statewide effort to legalize marijuana believe 2012 could be their year. Joe Rogoway and Omar Figueroa have drafted a ballot initiative that would repeal all laws against possessing pot, allowing anyone 18 or older to have up to three pounds and to maintain a 100-square-foot garden. “We’re in a more favorable political environment to enact this sort of change,” said Rogoway, a deputy public defender.

Sonoma County man finally gets his pot back

Ryan English left the Sonoma County courthouse a happy man Friday after a judge returned five boxes of marijuana seized in a raid on his Healdsburg home more than a year ago. It took months of legal wrangling to get the county Sheriff’s Office to release his 81 plants and two pounds of processed pot.

Marijuana takes center stage at DA’s debate

Jill Ravitch and Stefan Passalacqua spent the entire night Wednesday talking about marijuana. Both agreed to support the state’s existing law, which allows residents to use pot prescribed by a doctor. And they vowed to honor voters’ wishes if Californians approve an initiative this fall that would make it legal for adults to smoke pot for recreational purposes.