City Council Will Halve Prosecutor’s Anti-Pot-Smoking Fine

This past summer, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes testified before the Seattle City Council, pressing them approve a new citation for smoking marijuana in public. The fine should be $50, plus additional penalties that brought the charge to $103, he said. Despite resistance from the police department, which was content issuing verbal warnings, the bill that Holmes submitted to council members said nothing about verbal warnings, and it raised concerns among legal experts that police would issue pot tickets—like pot arrests used to be—disproportionately to people of color.