Wenatchee: Don’t expect to get your pot back if arrested
Monday, February 18, 2013
WENATCHEE — Don’t expect to get your pot back if you hand it over to a Wenatchee Police officer for safekeeping.
Small amounts of marijuana may now be legal to possess with passage of Initiative 502 last fall. But delivery of the drug is still a felony under current state law and federal Controlled Substance Act.
“We don’t have any legal right to deliver marijuana, so we can’t give it back,” Wenatchee Police Captain Doug Jones told City Council members Thursday. “We won’t take it for safekeeping. If we come into possession, we’ll destroy it.”
As an example, an arrested shoplifter taken to jail for booking may possess a legal amount of marijuana, but is not allowed to take it into the jail. The defendant might turn the pot over to the officer for safekeeping and expect to get it back when he is released from jail with his other possessions.
But that’s not going to happen.
The council unanimously approved a resolution to make changes to the police department’s policy manual Thursday to destroy any marijuana handed over to an officer or clerk to avoid conflict with the law.
Small amounts of marijuana that comes into the department’s possession will be flushed, Jones said. All marijuana destruction would be done in the presence of second officer under the policy change, he said.
The policy draws a clear distinction between marijuana seized as evidence and marijuana not associated with a crime that is typically taken for safekeeping. Marijuana taken as evidence could be returned under certain conditions if ordered by a prosecutor, Jones said.
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151
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