No changes for Spokane law enforcement with opening of pot shops

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 6:48 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Spokane area law enforcement officers said they had no changes in the works on Monday to prepare for recreational pot officially going on sale on Tuesday.

Troopers have been trained to detect people under the influence for years of not just pot but any drug,” said Jeff Sevigney with the Washington State Patrol.

Washington State Patrol, Spokane Police and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office officials all said they were preparing for a spike in high drivers hitting the highway. They added that they already dealt with those cases on a regular basis.

Officials said there was no set number for pot like there was for alcohol when it came to gauging impairment. Officials said it was up to each law enforcement officer to determine if the driver is a danger.

The agencies said they would go about their business as normal on Tuesday.

“It all depends on how people handle themselves. If they are impaired by anything, they should not drive on our highways,” said Sevigney.

The agencies said they did not have plans to do emphasis patrols in the areas of the pot shops. They said they did not have the staffing for it.
 

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