Today is the first time since 1937 that recreational use of pot has been legal anywhere in the United States. Beginning December 6th it is now legal for adults over 21 in Washington to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana, making it the first state in our nation to legalize the popular drug. The cannabis reform became law just 30 days after the election; and although citizens in Colorado also voted to legalize weed in the recent election, their Amendment 64 will not go into effect in the state for a few more weeks.
Although hundreds of pending marijuana related court cases have already been dismissed due to the change in Washington’s law, there is still not yet a functional regional system ready for adults to legally obtain cannabis. Initiative 502 calls for the state to create a taxed and regulated network of growers and retail marijuana stores, but it will probably take at least another year before the Washington State Liquor Control Board has their entire pot infrastructure in place.
Seattle’s Legal Pot Guide: Marijawhatnow?
If you are curious when Washington’s legal marijuana system will be fully implemented, you can follow the state’s progress at the LCB I-502 implementation site. The Seattle Police Department has also compiled a very useful Marijwhatnow? weed guide to help answer some commonly asked questions. And though smoking pot is now legal for adults in the state, please remember that driving under the influence of cannabis remains a crime.
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