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September 19, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Seattle City Council to hold briefing on public pot consumption

The Seattle City Council will discuss the Seattle Police Department’s report on public consumption of marijuana next Monday at 9:30 a.m.

Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and City Attorney Pete Holmes will attend, said the council in a news release.

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.

A single Seattle police officer gave out about 80 percent of public pot consumption citations. That officer, Randy Jokela, used the citations to comment on Initiative 502, the law that legalized marijuana.  On several citations, Jokela referred to Seattle’s pot-supporting City Attorney Pete Holmes as “Petey Holmes.” 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.

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

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