Several people will benefit from the state of Washington's decision to legalize marijuana, including potential police officers. The Seattle Police Department has announced that it's changed its hiring process in the wake of I-502; applicants will no longer be disqualified if they've smoked weed in the last three years.

"In light of the changing cultural and political landscape, the three-year rule does not make sense," said SPD Assistant Chief Dick Reed. "We're trying to find a middle ground that doesn't exclude viable candidates." However, just because the SPD won't penalize applicants for smoking weed recently, it doesn't mean that you're background won't be under scrutiny. Also, just because weed is cool in Washington, it doesn't mean that other drugs are.

[via Seattle Weekly]