Nearly Half Of Seattle’s Marijuana Citations Go To Homeless People

BY SCOTT KEYES

A homeless veteran in Washington D.C.

A homeless veteran in Washington D.C.

CREDIT: SHAWN DAVIS

There are many activities that, while illegal in public, are perfectly acceptable when done in the privacy of one’s home. Changing clothes. Sex. Drinking alcohol. And now, in Colorado and Washington state, smoking pot.

But Seattle’s 2,303 homeless people don’t have the privilege that four walls provide. If they want to partake in these human activities that society as a whole enjoys, they risk citation and arrest.

That’s precisely what the Seattle Police Department found when they examined the first half of 2014: homeless people accounted for nearly half of all marijuana citations.

 

Full Article:

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/07/25/3464261/seattle-marijuana-homeless/

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