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Deputies find alligators guarding marijuana plants after responding to shooting

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OLYMPIA, Wash. –  Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies found two 5-foot alligators at a marijuana grow site where a man was shot on Monday evening. Lieutenant Greg Elwin says deputies responded to the scene in the Scott Lake area south of Olympia when a man called 911 to say he had shot another man. The shooter told investigators that he fired in self defense, but investigators say they believe he actually shot the other man during a drug buy. The 30-year-old man who was shot was taken to a local hospital and was expected to recover. The 41-year-old alleged gunman was booked into jail for investigation of attempted murder. Elwin says the alligators found by deputies were likely being used to protect the drugs. The sheriff’s office is…

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Police, change in policy for marijuana, recreational use legal by I-502?

CBS Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle police department says it is loosening rules on past marijuana use by applicants.

Police officials say the change in policy comes because voters legalized the recreational use of pot by approving Initiative 502.

The department says that until this week, applicants were immediately disqualified if they had smoked marijuana within three years of applying for a position. The new rule lowers that to a year.

Assistant Chief Jim Pugel says the department will also reevaluate other marijuana-related hiring policies. Another assistant chief, Dick Reed, says the department is trying to find a middle ground that doesn’t exclude viable candidate.

Even with the new policy, Reed says it’s not often an applicant is disqualified for a job because of marijuana use.

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