Tuesday on The Daily Weekly I wrote about a bill sponsored by a small-town Republican state Rep. and inspired by a Walmart lobbyist which would provide guidelines for how stores should react when they find accidentally dropped weed on their premises. And that very same day I also provided an update on a case involving 10 pounds of pot accidentally being mailed to a Kmart in North Seattle only to be discovered in a store room by workers.
Needless to say, it was a very weedy day on The Daily Weekly. And at least one commenter couldn't help but see a connection between the two stories.
As the post on HB 1808 notes:
So you're on the clock at Walmart when you stumble upon a baggie of weed that a customer has "inadvertently" dropped on the floor - what do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?
Rep. Terry Nealey (R-Dayton) wants to make the decision easy for you. Nealey's HB 1808, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Christopher Hurst (D-Enumclaw), would require employees or store managers to notify local law enforcement or the Washington State Patrol when less than an ounce of weed is found at the local Walmart, Safeway or Target before disposing of it. According to Nealey, the bill stems from concerns that stores with pharmacies might run into licensing troubles if drugs that are illegal on the federal level - like pot - are found laying around and there's not clear legal framework for how to react.
Believe it or not, Nealey says the potential situation represents a "real concern."
And as the post about the 10-pound box of weed found at Kmart notes:
According to Seattle police, the weed - which was packaged in a big box and wrapped in cleaning-fluid-soaked Korean newspapers - had been mailed via UPS from Los Angeles with an intended destination of Philadelphia. But it never made it that far. Instead, thanks to the fact the mastermind behind the weedy mailing used the Aurora KMart location as the return address, it ended up there - surely to the great surprise of store employees who discovered it in the store's stock room.
At the time, Seattle police told Seattle Weekly the weed had been placed into evidence and the case had been referred to agency's narcotics unit.
So what happened from there? It doesn't seem like much.
A spokesman for SPD tells Seattle Weekly, "The case was investigated and has been inactivated pending new information."
All of this was too much for commenter J Busby to stay quiet about.
As Busby writes:
Funny that you're taking the "How would this ever happen" stance, when the article below yours on the homepage involves 10lbs of pot that inexplicably showed up at a KMart.