Tacoma voters were easily passing citywide ballot Initiative No. 1 — the measure seeking to make "marijuana or cannabis offenses ... the lowest enforcement priority of the City of Tacoma."

Tacoma voters easily passed citywide ballot Initiative No. 1 — the measure seeking to make “marijuana or cannabis offenses … the lowest enforcement priority” of the city.

After Tuesday night’s count, 65 percent of voters favored the measure, while 35 percent cast no votes.

Backers of Initiative 1, modeled after a Seattle law passed in 2003, have said they pushed to take the issue to voters in part to protect legal medical-marijuana patients from potential legal consequence.

The Seattle initiative was promoted as a way to make the most of limited law-enforcement resources.

Tacoma law-enforcement officials say they don’t target pot offenses and that the measure likely won’t change that.

Material from Seattle Times archives was included.