Both of my parents grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, which became famous in the cannabis community as a single of the first sites to decriminalize marijuana use all the way back in 1971.
- They had their famous “$5 fine” for anyone busted with cannabis within the city limits.
This fine stayed intact until 1990 when it was simply raised to $25. One of my high school educators here in high school was a University of MI graduate and he told me stories about the pot fines when he was a student in the 1980s. Back then the city would simply mail the $5 citation to you in hopes that you mail back the currency. He and his friends accrued so several pot fines in Ann Arbor that they literally wallpapered their bathroom with the citation slips. Unfortunately, cops in Seattle aren’t nearly as lenient about public use of cannabis, even though it’s legal for recreational use in the state if you’re over 21 years old. I was in Green Lake Park smoking a joint that had live rosin sprinkled inside to enhance the effects. The cop appeared out of nowhere and I immediately realized that he was walking right towards me. He confiscated the joint and gave me a $100 fine for public use of cannabis. And I had to pay the citation, it wasn’t just a slap on the wrist like you get with the cops in Ann Arbor, MI. The next time I went to Green Lake Park, I made sure to only use my cannabis vape pen because it is much more discreet and doesn’t produce much of an odor on the exhale. A joint creates so much odor that people can smell it from yards away. I should have known I was making a mistake smoking a joint in public in Seattle.