Seattle police preparing for increase in drivers high on marijuana

SEATTLE, Washington (KING) – Tuesday marked an historic day in Washington, as the first legal marijuana shops opened for business.

Now, DUI officers in Seattle and across the state are watching to see whether those cannabis customers get behind the wheel.

Officer Mike Lewis has been with the Seattle Police Department for 25 years.

He currently works on the DUI squad, patrolling the streets every night looking for impaired drivers.

“If you’re going to consume alcohol, don’t drive. If you are planning on smoking or ingesting marijuana, don’t drive,” he Lewis. “It’s the only safe thing to do.”

During Lewis’ shift on Tuesday, he drove past Cannabis City, Seattle’s first legal marijuana shop.

He says the crowd in line at the store tells him it’s going to be a busy few weeks and months for DUI officers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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