As bad as things are getting in some ways, did you ever think you’d see cops deliberately turning a blind eye to this?
As of midnight last night, smoking cannabis is legal in Washington state for anybody over 21. It’s not legal to smoke in public, but police ignored revelers toking beneath the Space Needle last night. Partly because nobody yet knows what the penalty’s supposed to be. Partly … well, just because.
In fact the official line from the Seattle PD is:
Does this mean you should flagrantly roll up a mega-spliff and light up in the middle of the street? No. If you’re smoking pot in public, officers will be giving helpful reminders to folks about the rules and regulations under I-502 (like not smoking pot in public). But the police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.
And that comes complete with this “official” government photo and warning:
Sure, anybody who wanted it could always get the stuff, legal or not. But isn’t this an improvement over the usual cops-vs-us?