From the Seattle Police Department Blotter Post, "Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle":
- Will police officers be able to smoke marijuana? As of right now, no. This is still a very complicated issue.
- SPD seized a bunch of my marijuana before I-502 passed. Can I have it back? No.
- How much will it cost? The specific retail prices haven’t been set. If you think the tax on booze is tough, don’t expect a break with pot.
- Can’t you already legally smoke weed in Seattle? Pretty much. City Attorney Pete Holmes has a policy of not filing charges for simple marijuana possession, and in 2003, Seattle voters passed an initiative making the investigation, arrest and prosecution of marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority when the drug was intended for adult personal use. The combination of those explains why some people walk on downtown streets with a lit joint and aren’t worried, and that's also why there were no arrests for pot at Hempfest this year.