Seattle City Attorney and Councilmembers move to ban public drug use

May 4, 2023
Written by WR Communications


Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison and Councilmembers Sara Nelson and Alex Pedersen have recently proposed a bill prohibiting drug use in public spaces such as parks, sidewalks, and bus stops. This proposal comes as the Washington legislature has adjourned without creating a new law to replace the expiring legislation that currently prohibits drug possession—set to lapse on July 1.

The proposed bill would grant Seattle Police the authority to intervene and halt individuals consuming dangerous substances like fentanyl and meth in public spaces. Doing so would equip law enforcement with an essential tool to restore order and safety in public areas while supporting those most vulnerable to the dangers of overdosing.

The legislation’s supporters emphasize the importance of public engagement and awareness, urging citizens to review the bill closely. The city’s official website offers further information on the proposed legislation, allowing residents to stay informed and engaged in the legislative process.

This proposal addresses the issue locally in light of the ongoing drug crisis affecting communities nationwide. By empowering law enforcement to take proactive measures and supporting those at risk of overdosing, Seattle aims to create a safer environment for its residents and visitors. With public awareness and involvement, the proposed bill can positively impact the community and help mitigate the dangers associated with drug use in public spaces.


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