Prosecutors and crime lab scientists say a little-noticed provision in Washington’s new law legalizing recreational marijuana has jeopardized their ability to go after any pot crimes at all, and they’re calling for an immediate fix in the Legislature.
Young voters helped pass laws legalizing marijuana in Washington and Colorado, but many still won’t be able to light up. Most universities have codes of conduct banning marijuana use, and they get millions of dollars in funding from the federal government, which still considers pot illegal.
A Washington state herb farm that was forced to lay off more than 200 illegal immigrants because of a government audit rehired dozens of those workers, paid them cash and asked them to work at night because production began to drop, according to court documents filed Monday.
It’s already against Washington state law to discriminate against public breastfeeding, but the Seattle City Council on Monday specifically made it illegal for businesses and other entities to ask nursing moms to stop, cover up or move to a different location in public areas.
A federal program that uses fingerprint analysis to identify illegal immigrants in county jails has been activated for Washington state. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Andre Munoz says the program went live on Tuesday.
A number of people called 911 Thursday night in Seattle to report a man walking down a street randomly firing a gun in the Capitol Hill area.