‘They gave him his weed back!’: DC man takes advantage of new law and asks cops to return seized pot
A Washington, D.C., man walked into a police station Monday and asked for his weed back – and the cops gave it to him.
“He walked in to recover his property from a recent arrest,” said Councilwomen Yvette Alexander, who told WAMU a staff member witnessed the exchange and told her about it.
Under a marijuana legalization law that went into effect Thursday, residents 21 and over may possess up to two ounces of pot, and they may use and grow marijuana at home.
Police are still allowed to confiscate marijuana if there’s no proof of age available or if they arrest someone on separate charges, but officers were directed last week to return seized legal weed to anyone who goes to a police station and asks for it.
“He walked in and said, ‘I want my property back, and want to make sure I get my weed back,'” Alexander said.
The officer on duty at the Sixth District police station was initially confused, the councilwoman said, but he did return the marijuana.
“They gave him his weed back!” Alexander said.
Residents must wait at least 24 hours to request their marijuana to be returned, and any weed that is not claimed within 30 days will be destroyed under the Special Order issued to police.