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The Evergreen

Seattle Times coverage of pot policy, culture and lifestyle.

July 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Seattle cop gave out 80 percent of public pot consumption tickets

A single Seattle police officer was responsible for about 80 percent of public pot consumption citations given out so far this year. The Seattle Police Department is investigating the officer, who has been identified as Randy Jokela.

On some citations, Jokela shared insight on his thoughts about Initiative 502, the state law that legalized marijuana. On several citations, Jokela referred to Seattle’s pot-supporting City Attorney Pete Holmes as “Petey Holmes,” according to a press release from new Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. In one citation he called changes to pot laws “silly.” On another Jokela wrote that he used a coin flip to decide who would get the ticket.

Read coverage from criminal justice reporters Steve Miletich and Jennifer Sullivan. See Pete Holmes’ response.

The Seattle Police report on pot tickets showed blacks were disproportionately cited for consuming pot in public. Of the 82 tickets that were given out during the first six months of 2014, 37 percent were given to blacks.

Fines for pot consumption are $27. Not sure where you can partake in legal pot? Here’s our guide.

 

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