SEATTLE -- Using marijuana in public could get you a $27 fine in Seattle, under a measure passed by the city council.

The amount is less than the $103 penalty allowed for by Washington's legal marijuana law, and it's equal to the fine in Seattle for drinking in public.

The legislation adopted yesterday calls for police to first issue a warning, when practical, and it requires the Seattle Police Department to monitor enforcement by age, race, sex and location, so that the council can evaluate whether the law is being fairly enforced.

The measure would take effect 30 days after being signed by the mayor. A spokesman for Mayor Mike McGinn did not immediately return a message seeking comment yesterday.

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