Seattle Police want their citizenry to know that just because voters legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the November 2012 election, that doesn't mean pot can be sold or used in public.
That's why police have started to hand out what they call "admonishment letters" in a sweep of drug dealers in Seattle's University District.
The Associated Press reports that police will continue to hand out warning letters while the State of Washington drafts new rules for licensed dealers to start selling marijuana by the end of the year. In March, Washington's Liquor Control Board identified Massachusetts-based BOTEC Analysis as a consultant that will help determine how many growers and dealers there should be, how much pot should be produced, how it should be packaged and how it should be tested to ensure people don't get sick.
In December 2012, the Seattle Police Department suggested on its website that people "Responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy and Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home."