Sympathetic in Seattle

  img 22980 marijwhatnow seattle police release guide to legal marijuana use in seattle Sympathetic in Seattle In Seattle, it seems one of the first on the ground victories for legalized marijuana possession has been realized. Recently, police busted a group of what they referred to as “street dealers”, who had been brought to their attention by local residents claiming the group was selling - as well as consuming - marijuana in public. When police followed up on this complaint, they ended up detaining twelve from this supposed street gang, but in the end, chose to enforce the new state laws, and let half of those brought in free to go. Seattle Police Department spokesman Sean Whitcomb told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about the incident, predicting that Seattle’s actions will set the tone for how other states will handle marijuana possession cases when those detained are, in fact, within their legalized marijuana. While selling marijuana without a license is still illegal, out of the twelve individuals arrested, the collective amount of pot they possessed was still only 36.8 grams. As a result of this, many were released with a warning and given a letter discouraging the use of marijuana in public places, but there’s something even more shocking about this particular case - the fact that those let off the hook were given back their marijuana. Yes, that’s right - police officers actually returned the legally possessed marijuana to those not being charged. “In street dealing cases, this would be the first time. Ever,” said Whitcomb. On the state department’s blog, the state claimed “the marijuana was returned to each individual owner because the amount possessed is legally allowed.”   For those who had accumulated warnings for selling the drug, or had a criminal history and were suspected of possession with the intent to distribute, things were not as easy. “Six were booked into King County Jail - two of which possessed a total of 3.3 grams of methamphetamine...the offender[s] will have been shown to have been warned about marijuana sales, and they still returned, despite our attempt at gaining their cooperation,” said Lt. Mike Kebba, a narcotics officer. Although Washington was among the first to sign up for the benefits of a more legalized marijuana system, their Liquor Control Board, responsible for providing the licenses and permits approved stores need to acquire and dispense marijuana, has yet to put this system in place. Without a way for recreational users to obtain the drug, illegal street sales persist - so it seems police have decided to side with the new law in an effort of understanding. “It’s a strange new world,” Jake Ellison, a Seattle reporter wrote regarding the actions of Seattle police in the case. It may become even stranger, as Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, asked Congress members last month to consider national decriminalization. Situations like this seem to point to the fact that when it comes to marijuana, it may not only be the public who back its decriminalization, for the law is slowly beginning to look like they want what the public wants - less action.

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