Petition looks to allow pot use for cops

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denverpotSEATTLE — A petition started on is asking the Seattle City Council, the mayor and police chief to change city policy restricting police officers from using recreational marijuana.

The “Let Cops Use Pot” Petition advocates allowing the use of pot by currently employed Seattle police officers. The petition, started by the self-proclaimed Center for Legal Cannabis, stated that “Seattle is losing out on good police recruits by disallowing cannabis users the honor of serving.” It also pointed out that “pot would make for mellower cops.”

The Stranger, a weekly alternative newspaper, reported the mayor, the police chief and the city council could change police policy barring employees from smoking pot.

Here is the full letter advocating a change in department policy:

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn 
Police Chief John Diaz 
Let cops use pot! Specifically, please stop disqualifying new recruits who use cannabis, and modify the employment policy that disallows off-duty cannabis use by Seattle police. I request this change because:

1. We need police who represent our people, and 74% of Seattle voters support legal pot.

2. Seattle is losing out on good police recruits by disallowing cannabis users the honor of serving.

3. Pot will make for mellower cops.

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  • joe

    Why not, it's less harfull than booze, it can help them be less stressed out too where booze just adds fuel to the fire. It should have never been illegal in the first place, the prohibition was a joke.

  • holdeninwa

    #Statusquo pretentious; wants box-boy ala #Congress 80% disdain. Prefer pot-smokin' competence v 'clean' ineptitude. Bein' a cop is high stress; while I wouldn't recommend pot for everyone, it is very relaxing. In the heat of a confrontation, mellow is beautiful.

  • Kaara

    bahahahahaha!!!!! kinna like'n the idea, i personally do not partake , stopped years ago , only because i don't care for the " high " . But, i don't see the issue with the cops use'n weed.

  • david

    Then cops cant drive cars anymore or will we exempt them from DUI laws and allow them to do all the theoretical harm that they use as a basis to completely ruin peoples lives for driving under the influence regardless of if someone got hurt. This seems like a bad idea. If your going to be on vehicular patrol you need to be drug free.

    • Phil

      There's no requirement that patrol officers be drug free now. It's my understanding that alcohol use is accepted so long as they are not under the influence while on duty.