The Washington Supreme Court's recent opinion in State v. Blake, Cause No. 96873-0 (Feb. 25, 2021), held that RCW 69.50.4013 and its predecessor statutes (collectively "RCW 69.50.4013" or "simple possession") are unconstitutional. You can read the Supreme Court Decision here. As a result, there have been an unprecedented number of post-conviction motions for relief. All drug possession convictions affected by the State v. Blake ruling will be reviewed by the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and the Court will enter an order to vacate that will be filed with the Superior Court Clerk.
For additional Blake conviction information, please visit the Washington State Office of Public Defense website here.
The Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts is launching the Blake Refund Bureau. Effective immediately, the Cowlitz County Clerk's Office is no longer able to process refunds due to this change. All State v. Blake refund requests will be processed through the Blake Refund Bureau Portal. Click here to view the press release from AOC.
The Blake Refund Bureau is Washington State's official online reimbursement center for court-ordered fines or costs paid in connection with Blake-related drug possession convictions.
Individuals convicted of simple drug possession, cannabis possession and paraphernalia convictions between 1971 and 2021 can now receive qualifying financial reimbursements via the Bureau’s self-guided, centralized portal.
For more information and to request a refund through the Blake Refund Bureau, click here.