Pot ban lifted in Washington state

From Ria Novosti:

“December 6 (RIA Novosti) – On Thursday Washington State became the first state in America where it is legal to possess marijuana for adult recreational use, and hundreds of people celebrated shortly after midnight by lighting up and smoking joints together under Seattle’s iconic Space Needle.

“I feel like a kid in a candy store!” shouted Darby Hageman, according to The Associated Press.

In November voters in the states of Washington and Colorado approved legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use by people over the age of 21.

The new law went into effect in Washington on Thursday and goes into effect in Colorado on January 5.

Some of the legal details are still murky: Washington residents still aren’t legally allowed to grow or sell marijuana, and they’re not allowed to smoke it in public.

It’s not clear how police are supposed to enforce the specifics of the law.

The Seattle Police Department told its police department in an email Wednesday night that until further notice, “officers shall not take any enforcement action – other than to issue a verbal warning.”

“Does this mean you should flagrantly roll up a mega-spliff and light up in the middle of the street? No,” wrote police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on the police department website…..”

Read more on Ria Novosti.

CBS News covers the same story here.


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3 responses to “Pot ban lifted in Washington state

  1. To say that pot is legal in WA is euphemistic at the very least. While possession of up to an oz. is legal, if your oz. gets wet you are now a criminal. Or if you put 1/4 oz of pot into 17 oz. of brownie mix you are now a criminal.

    It would be more accurate to say that there are actually more pot laws now that make you a criminal than before, and there are a few exemptions where you are not a criminal.

    I am tired of the double speak, and the lies.

  2. Denver legalized pot the same day. Have to wonder why Washington keeps saying they were first. Oh, wait, I get it now. They are in an earlier time zone. Never mind.

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