Sep 242014
 September 24, 2014

seattle washington marijuana cannabis cup high timesMarijuana possession, up to one ounce, has been legal in Washington for almost two years now. Public consumption of marijuana has remained illegal during that time. One officer in Seattle took it upon himself to issue dozens of tickets for public marijuana consumption, mostly to homeless people and minorities. That unfair enforcement, and the ridiculousness of ticketing anyone for marijuana in general, has resulted in Seattle’s prosecutor voiding tickets issued for public consumption, and refunding fines to those that paid their ticket. Per The Guardian:

Seattle’s elected prosecutor said Monday he’s dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.

In a briefing to the city council on Monday, city attorney Pete Holmes says he is moving to dismiss approximately 100 tickets issued by the Seattle police department between 1 January and 31 July. His office also said it would be seeking a refund for 22 people who have already paid their $27 ticket.

For so many decades, elected officials and prosecutors opposed marijuana at all costs. It’s still taking me time to get used to the fact that logic is now being applied more and more in regards to marijuana policy. Imagine if every prosecutor took a stand like Seattle’s Pete Holmes? It would free up our justice system to dedicate more resources to real crimes. It would free up dockets for courts that should be focusing on prosecuting people that are harming society. I tip my hat to you Mr. Holmes, kudos!

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  5 Responses to “Seattle To Refund Marijuana Tickets”

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    The old policy is discrimination. Why shouldn’t homeless people be able to use marijuana (probably need to) and they don’t have a place to do it? Alcohol and tobacco allow it (bars and designated smoking areas, e.g.). People rich enough to claim a solid roof over heads, including renters, can do it. It also discriminates against people with anti-weed roommates and young people still living with their parent, and likely others. With all that money coming in from taxes, governments could certainly afford to provide areas for consumption.

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    This is why people have issues with some police. Nothing worse than a dick with a badge. Being a cop is not a place for your personal feelings. You are supposed to be fair and just when you uphold the law. It is not your job to create policy. At least the D.A. Did the fair thing and voided out those unfair tickets.

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    That officer needs to be fired and banned for life from the police force.

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    How about the power tripping cop??? We don’t need cops with poisoned minds deciding anything for anybody!

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    I love stories like this, along with those where people get their weed back. Prohibition is crumbling, prohibitionsts are being recgonised for what they are.

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