WASHINGTON: As the story of marijuana in Washington continues to unfold, it was Seattle’s turn to add a page Friday. The city attorney wants to update Seattle’s code to make it against city rules to smoke pot in public.
Initiative 502 already made it a state law that smoking, or even opening a package of marijuana, is illegal in public. What’s happening now is the city is updating its rules to reflect the state law; that way, any money they collect from fines can stay here.
You might not always see it, but odds are you’ve at least smelled people smoking pot in public. Now the city is changing its rules to say, even more clearly, that you can’t smoke weed in public.
In a council meeting Friday afternoon, people spoke out with concerns. One Metro bus driver even said he’s had passengers blow pot smoke right in his face and create a safety risk.
“Once that takes place, I feel inebriated, I feel lightheaded, I’m no longer safe as a bus driver to operate that bus, and I then have to notify the county to send another driver out,” said the Metro driver.
Police can already give citations, but the city wants to give more direction.
“It’s not enough that we’ve legalized possession for adults,” said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. “It’s also important that remember, with that new freedom comes some responsibility.”