new marijuana rules in seattle, washington
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#1 Nov 18, 2012
Written by the Police Department in Seattle, Washington,
a guide to legal marijuana use in Seattle.
A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle
Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on November 9, 2012
The people have spoken.
Voters have passed Initiative 502
and beginning December 6th,
it is not a violation of state law for adults over 21 years old
to possess up to an ounce of marijuana
(or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product,
or 72 ounces of infused liquid, like oil)
for personal use.
The initiative establishes a one-year period
for the state to develop rules and a licensing system
for the marijuana production and sale.
Marijuana has existed in a grey area in Seattle
for some time now.
Despite a longstanding national prohibition on marijuana,
minor marijuana possession has been the lowest enforcement priority
for the Seattle Police Department since Seattle voters passed Initiative 75
Officers don’t like grey areas in the law.
I-502 now gives them more clarity.
Marijuana legalization creates some challenges
for the Seattle Police Department,
but SPD is already working to respond to these issues head on,
by doing things like reviewing SPD’s hiring practices
for police officers to address
now-legal marijuana usage
by prospective officers,
as well as current employees.
Can I legally carry around an ounce of marijuana?
According to the recently passed initiative,
beginning December 6th, adults over the age of 21
will be able to carry up to an ounce of marijuana
for personal use.
Please note that the initiative says it
“is unlawful to open a package containing marijuana…
in view of the general public,” so there’s that.
Also, you probably shouldn’t bring pot with you
to the federal courthouse (or any other federal property).
Can I smoke pot outside my home?
Like at a park, magic show, or the Bite of Seattle?
Much like having an open container of alcohol in public,
doing so could result in a civil infraction—like a ticket—but not arrest.
You can certainly use marijuana in the privacy of your own home.
Additionally, if smoking a cigarette isn’t allowed where you are
(say, inside an apartment building or flammable chemical factory),
smoking marijuana isn’t allowed there either.
Will police officers be able to smoke marijuana?
As of right now, no. This is still a very complicated issue.
If I apply for a job at the Seattle Police Department,
will past (or current) marijuana use be held against me?
The current standard for applicants is that they have not used marijuana
in the previous three years.
SPD seized a bunch of my marijuana before I-502 passed.
Can I have it back?
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