People of Northwest Public Radio
Thu July 24, 2014
Preliminary Report on Seattle Pot Tickets
A preliminary report to Seattle officials on tickets for public pot use has raised some eyebrows.
That's because 36 percent of the tickets were given to black people, who only make up 8 percent of the city’s population. And 46 percent of the tickets were given to homeless people.
Pete Holmes is a City Attorney who backed marijuana legalization. He said right now its difficult to know exactly why the disparity is so high.
Holmes said the city will look into the issue. He also said he's working on creating safe public spaces where people can use marijuana.
The preliminary report looked at tickets given out during the first half of this year.
Police will continue to track the Pot ticket data through 2015.
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