After Washington voters legalized cannabis last fall, the Seattle Police Department relaxed new-hire policies related to pot. Instead of the old rule mandating rookie cops be toke-free for at least three years, the new rule reduced that timeframe so recruits need only abstain from pot for one year. According to the SPD, this was done to help find officers “who resemble the people we protect.”
But with 74 percent of Seattle voters supporting Initiative 502, it is clear that the people the SPD protects love pot. So why can’t our cops smoke a spliff after work?