July 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM
City gets a bud during hearing on pot-fine proposal
Only three people showed up at City Hall to testify about a proposal to enforce the state’s ban on public pot use in the city of Seattle, but one brought a surprise.
All three supported the idea of Seattle police handing out $103 fines for use in public view, as the state’s new legal marijuana law specifies.
Kalu Davis said he was a Metro bus driver who got light-headed when passengers blew smoke his way. Cathy Tenzo said she was a frequent bus rider frequently bothered by the smell of pot smokers. Ruedi Risler, a University Park activist, said drifting smoke was getting annoying in his neighborhood.
To underscore the ease with which folks can score weed in Seattle, Risler submitted, along with his written testimony, a bud of marijuana he said he bought as he was waiting for a bus to take him downtown. He said he got the weed from a well-known street dealer in the area.
His submission presents a new challenge for city records: what to do with legal weed?
Risler gave the bud, along with his testimony, to Lisa Herbold, aide to Councilmember Nick Licata, who chaired the hearing.
Herbold, a 15-year City Hall veteran, wasn’t sure what to do.
All testimony-related materials are put in a binder and kept in the office, she explained, because they’re often a good reference. Then, when the issue at hand is resolved, the materials go to city archives.
As of this evening, the bud is clipped to Risler’s testimony and sitting on Herbold’s desk.
“I’m going to ask the lawyers,” Herbold said of her next move.
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