Seattle 911 is a police blog ran online through the Seattle PI. This week they published an interesting question with an equally interesting answer—all about how Seattle cops view marijuana possession and enforcement.
The letter comes from a “concerned” citizen who wants to know if it’s alright to call the police when their neighbors decide to smoke some pot. “The building I live in has one or two really chronic potheads who go hour after hour and the hallways and lobby reek of pot,” the writer says.
The officer responding, Seattle Sergeant Sean Whitcomb says exactly what you would expect—that while it is illegal, it isn’t very high up on the police’s priorities. “Police do stop people solely for marijuana possession, but that’s rare.”
This is partially due to the fact that they have much more important things to do than seek out people who are likely home on their couch watching television and partaking of junk food binges. But also because the city attorney doesn’t file charges for simple possession.
Technically, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor charge. But, if the City Attorney (head law enforcement) sees no point in filing such charges, then there are really no repercussions for possessing a small amount of weed.
Having said that, don’t think for a second that if you continue to smoke out your neighbors to the point of aggravation that something won’t be done. If smoke continuously fills the halls of an apartment building, it’s only a matter of time before that neighbor raises enough stink that something be done, whether by the police or the landlord.
In other words—although the police don’t really want to waste their time with such matters, they will if they have to so don’t press your luck.
Facing charges of possession of marijuana isn’t what it used to be. But penalties for other controlled substances are as strict as ever. Whether you are facing charges of possession of cocaine or delivering marijuana, an experienced defense attorney may be able to defend your good name.
When it comes to drug charges, the key to any prosecutor’s case is their evidence. If that evidence was seized in a questionable manner it could be thrown out and the charges could be dropped. There are many procedures that must be followed to the letter if the police collect evidence in a criminal case. One misstep could be disastrous.
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