An Auburn woman has filed a complaint with the police department and the officer in question is now under investigation for a serious offense against her—groping her while she was cuffed. [Read more…]
Among other challenges of the new Washington state marijuana polices, and there are many, is the challenge of keeping the legal weed inside the borders of Washington. This endeavor, if done successfully, could keep the federal government from suing the state in an effort to usurp what the voters want—regulated and “free” marijuana.
January 23 marked the first of several public forums on Washington’s new marijuana laws. According to The Olympian and several other media outlets, it was standing room only.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board is tasked with implementing the new legislation which legalizes recreational marijuana, and they want input from the public. [Read more…]
In Spokane Washington, former police officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., 65, was sentenced to four years and three months in the beating death of mentally disabled janitor, 36-year old Otto Zehm. U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle remarked that he hoped the sentence would bring closure to Zehm’s family and the community, who reacted with justifiable outrage at the brutal death. [Read more…]
The Seattle Police Department is in a period of change. It has been criticized for having a culture of brutality, and now the feds are stepping in. The Department of Justice determined after an extensive investigation that the city had engaged in a “pattern of excessive force,” and now the city will be under the oversight of an independent monitor as they try to clean up their own mess. [Read more…]
After it was apparent Washington voters had legalized recreational marijuana, the question arose about pending marijuana cases where people were arrested and charged before I502 passed. What would happen to those people facing charges of possession, charges for something no longer considered a crime? At least in some jurisdictions, those people are now off the hook. [Read more…]
Now that we have approved marijuana legalization, it is important to understand what that means to smokers, what exactly is legal and what is not, and any potential pitfalls under the this new and groundbreaking law. [Read more…]
Washington voters spoke loud and clear last night as they voted to pass I-502, a victory for civil liberties, consenting adults, and the war against the War on Drugs. The people of Washington will soon be able to possess marijuana, not only for medical use, but for recreational use. The people will soon be able to choose for themselves whether they use a harmless herb in the sanctity of their own home. [Read more…]
The Seattle Police Department intends on using drones—the small, unmanned aircrafts most often used in war. Many citizens aren’t happy about this intention, and they are making their disdain known. [Read more…]
Update: The families lawsuit is going forward on this tragic case.
A 22-year old man died while in the custody of the Snohomish County jail. His mother blames his serious medical problems, problems that may have been more quickly dealt with had he been home, where someone facing only misdemeanor pot charges probably should be.