Can cops work security at pot shops after hours? Some say no

Staff writerJanuary 16, 2014 

Marijuana Sign

A sign advertising a building for lease at 2119 Lincoln St., in Bellingham says that it is zoned for a marijuana dispensary Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. Behind it is a Hardware Sales sign.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

With the state's legal marijuana system nearly ready to launch, law enforcement agencies are faced with a new question: whether their officers should be allowed to work as off-duty security officers at pot shops.

KING 5 reports that the King County Sheriff's office won't be allowing its deputies to provide security at marijuana stores, even as recreational marijuana use is legalized in Washington.

Everett also won't approve off-duty work at marijuana shops, a spokesman told KING 5. Officials with those agencies told KING 5 that part of the reason for their decision is that marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

At this time, neither Tacoma or Seattle police have a specific policy against officers clocking extra hours at marijuana stores, according to the KING 5 report.

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