Judge SLAPPs City of Santa Barbara over lawsuit against organizer of ballot initiative

The Santa Barbara Independent reports:

Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Thomas Anderle on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit by the City of Santa Barbara against a woman who organized a ballot initiative in that would give marijuana offenses by adults the lowest law enforcement priority. Heather Poet, the woman named in the lawsuit, filed a motion to strike the suit based on the state’s anti-SLAPP statute, which prevents strategic lawsuits that would limit public participation in the political process. The ACLU Drug Law Reform Project attorney who represented Poet praised the decision, calling it a “resounding affirmation of voters’ right to de-prioritize marijuana enforcement.”

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