Spokane City leaders meet to discuss Initiative 502

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE--Spokane city leaders met with the police chief and department staff Monday, to discuss the impact of Initiative 502 passing in Washington.
   
The Spokane Police Department says it’s too soon to really figure out how they're going to handle marijuana use.  The primary challenge remains that it's now legal in the state but possession is still against federal law.
   
Council members at the monthly public safety meeting are considering zoning for the law as well as limiting marketing and the number of outlets to buy the product. 

Police say it's too early to figure out exactly how they can enforce use of the drug.  Police leaders are frustrated because federal law enforcement agencies haven't been clear about how they'll react to a drug being legal in the state but prohibited at a higher level.

For now they say it will have a minimum impact on the department because marijuana possession is not a high priority.  They often only charged someone if that person was already getting arrested for another offense.
   
The city council plans to have a study session with members of the Liquor Control Board to help answer some of their questions as the board will be the primary agency overseeing use of the drug.

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