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Q & A for Washington State New Marijuana Laws

Ran across an article on Kirotv.com that listed some frequently asked questions regarding Initiative 502, legalization of marijuana in Washington State.  I thought it was worth posting; here are the questions and answers I found to be useful and informative.

1.  What does this mean to me?

It means adults 21 and older can possess up to 1 ounce of the drug; 16 ounces of a solid marijuana-infused product (such as brownies or baked goods); or 72 ounces of infused liquid (such as oil for personal use only).

2.  So it’s legal to carry around that amount?

Yes, but I-502 says it “is unlawful to open a package containing marijuana … in view of the general public.”

3.  Is it legal to smoke marijuana in a public place?

According to Seattle police, while it will be legal to smoke marijuana in one’s home, smoking it in public could result in a ticket, but not an arrest, much like having an open container of alcohol in a public place.  Users outside of Seattle should inquire about laws specific to their city.

4.  Does I-502 affect current medical marijuana laws?

No.  Medical marijuana laws in Washington remain the same.

5.  I’m not a medical marijuana patient.  Where can I legally buy pot or pot-infused goods?

Currently, nowhere.  The Washington State Liquor Control Board is working to develop guidelines for the sale and distribution of marijuana and has until Dec. 1, 2013, to finalize those rules.  In the meantime, production and sale of non-medical marijuana remains illegal.

6.  Can I grow or sell marijuana?

Not at this time, though in the future licenses may be available under laws specified by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

7.  What about driving after smoking marijuana?

Initiative 502 establishes a standard blood test for driving under the influence.  If an officer believes you’re driving under the influence (DUI) of anything, including marijuana, they will conduct a field sobriety test and may consult with a drug recognition expert.  A blood test may follow.

8.  After it’s legal to buy marijuana, how much will it cost?

That has yet to be determined, but marijuana sales will be subjected to a 40% tax.  State financial experts estimate it could raise nearly $2 billion in tax revenue over the next five years.

9.  How will the tax money be used?

The money is earmarked for education, health care, substance abuse prevention and basic government services.

The complete list of questions can be found at kirotv.com under the post “Legal marijuana: Questions answered.”

 

Washington State Laws – Marijuana 101

I came across a great poster titled Marijuana 101 when I took my family to a park on Mercer Island last weekend.  The poster lists basic Washington State marijuana law in an easy to understand manner that everyone should have knowledge of.  Here is the information:

Marijuana 101

Marijuana is illegal in Washington for anyone under 21.

Frequent marijuana use can lead to addiction (1 in 6 youth, 1 in 9 adults).

It is illegal to use marijuana in public.

It is illegal to gift or share marijuana.

It is a felony to provide marijuana to a minor.

Driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana is a crime.

Many employers still drug test for marijuana.

It is illegal to purchase marijuana until licensed stores open in December 2013 with the passing of Initiative 502.

Marijuana remains illegal according to federal law.

The following organizations; Washington Discovery Help Line 866-789-7577, King County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program, Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, Communities That Are, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are associated with Marijuana 101.

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