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.”