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Seattle cops return marijuana taken from street dealers

Seattle PI

It’s a strange new world …

As the effects of legalizing marijuana under Initiative 502 – both expected and unexpected – begin to surface, one of the more strange scenes had to have been witnessing Seattle police hand marijuana back to suspected drug dealers.

“In street dealing cases, this would be the first time. Ever,” said Seattle PD spokesman Sean Whitcomb.

The odd situation occurred late last week when Seattle police officers conducted a sweep of narcotics dealers on University Avenue in the U-District and six of the 24 people targeted for arrest were given warning letters and then released.

The six released were also handed back the small amount of pot they had on them.

“A number of suspects possessed marijuana collectively totaling 36.8 grams of marijuana,” the department wrote in its blog. “The marijuana was returned to each individual owner because the amount possessed is legally allowed. All marijuana exclusive dealers were read and given a copy of the Admonishment letter.”

Another six were not so lucky. Those six, the department wrote in its blog, were dealt with in the traditional way: Arrested and charged.

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