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Seattle Police Change Hiring Policy Due To Pot Legalization

Posted on  December 19, 2012 by  News Admin

 The Seattle Police Department on Tuesday announced that due to the recent legalization of marijuana in Washington state, job applicants will no longer be disqualified for using cannabis in the last three years -- now it's just a one-year period in which you are required not to have gotten high. This is a big change; it makes the SPD the first police department in Washington to modify its hiring process due to marijuana legalization, reports Matt Driscoll at the Seattle Weekly. According to the SPD, applicants have previously been disqualified on the spot if they were foolish enough to admit smoking marijuana in the three years prior to applying for a job on the police force; that rule is now being relaxed to just one year. "In light of the changing cultural and political landscape, the three-year rule does not make sense," said Seattle Police Department Assistant Chief Dick Reed in a blog post announcing the policy change. "We're trying to find a middle ground that doesn't exclude viable candidates." "We are changing our policy as a direct result of the recent vote on I-502," admitted Assistant Chief Jim Pugel in the same blog post. "We are deciding to take a much more worldly view of our applicants." Less than five percent of applicants were rejected for past pot use under the old rules, according to the cops, but nonetheless the policy change is "a big procedural shift for the department." "We're on the forefront of change," Reed claimed in...

Cops Release Guide: How To Smoke Marijuana Legally In Seattle

Posted on  November 13, 2012 by  News Admin

 Washington state's I-502 may not be the best piece of "legalization" legislation you've ever seen; it certainly has its share of warts, including the unscientific DUI blood limits for active THC, and the continued prohibition on home cultivation. But there are definite up-sides to the passage of 502. Among those delicious up-sides is the publication -- by the Seattle Police Department -- of a guide on how to legally use marijuana in the Emerald City. A cop-penned guide on how to legally use marijuana? That shit just couldn't have happened until November 6, man. Let's enjoy the thing, in its entirety. (The cops got a little clever, entitling their magnum dopus "Marijwhatnow? A Guide To Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle.") Now, let's enjoy it together, shall we? The world's first cop-authored guide on smoking legal weed... Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle The people have spoken. Voters have passed Initiative 502 and beginning December 6 th, adults over 21 years old can possess up to an ounce of marijuana (or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product, like cookies, or 72 ounces of infused liquid, like oil) for personal use. 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 in 2003. Officers don't like grey areas in the law. I-502 now gives them more clarity. Marijuana legalization...

23 Seattle Marijuana Dispensaries Get DEA Notification Letters

Posted on  August 27, 2012 by  News Admin

  The Obama Administration's medical marijuana crackdown came to Seattle in a big way today. On Thursday, the Drug Enforcement Administration sent notification letters to the operators and property owners of 23 "marijuana store fronts," as they called them, "located in school zones." The letters informed the owner/operators that such enterprises "operating as 'dispensaries' " within 1,000 feet of a school, playground or "other prohibited area," "could result in the seizure and forfeiture of assets, as well as criminal prosecution." The seizure could include the property where the dispensary operates, any money received from the business, and potential criminal prosecution. The letter orders operators and property owners to cease the sale and distribution of marijuana "within 30 days." "We all work hard to create a safe zone for kids in school," claimed U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan of the Western District of Washington. "There is a reason that both federal and state laws prohibit the sale of marijuana in school zones. We need to enforce one message for our students: drugs have no place in or near our schools." At press time, Toke of the Town was unable to confirm whether Durkan and the DEA also planned to raid pharmacies within 1,000 feet of schools, since they sell far more dangerous and even deadly drugs such as OxyContin and Dilaudid. (Yeah, yeah. we know. They'd never do that in a million years, it might hurt those hefty campaign donations from Big Pharma.) Toke of the Town will print a list of the dispensaries...