County jail won’t store inmates’ pot

So now that marijuana is (sorta, kinda) legal, what happens if someone has some and gets arrested for something else and has go to jail? It’s a question people are asking, apparently.

Here’s an answer from Shari Ireton, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, which runs the county jail in downtown Everett.

When people are booked into the jail, any alcohol, tobacco or legally possessed pot they have cannot be held with other personal belongings such as clothes and money, she said.

“The corrections booking staff do not have the authority to distribute legally controlled substances,” she said. “Only the state liquor board or facilities licensed by the board have the authority to do that. Any such items are returned to the arresting agency.”

There’s no consensus about how to handle pot among the people who run county corrections systems around the state, either, she said.

For background on the topic, see the most recent Herald story by reporter Sharon Salyer. Here also is a story from earlier this week by the Associated Press.

More in Local News

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Their grown children died, but state law won’t let them sue

Families are seeking a change in the state’s limiting wrongful-death law.

Officials rule train-pedestrian death an accident

The 37-year-old man was trying to move off the tracks when the train hit him, police say.

Ex-Monroe cop re-arrested after losing sex crime case appeal

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison but was free while trying to get his conviction overturned.

Marysville hit-and-run leaves man with broken bones

The state patrol has asked for help solving an increasing number of hit-and-run cases in the state.

Everett man killed at bar had criminal history, gang ties

A bar employee reportedly shot Matalepuna Malu, 29, whose street name was “June Bug.”

There’s plenty to cheer in overdue capital budget

In Snohomish County, there’s money for a number of projects.

Parking a constant problem at Wallace Falls State Park

There’s a study under way on how to tackle that issue and others.

Front Porch

EVENTS Autoharpist in Everett Folksinger, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller returns… Continue reading

Most Read