As of today marijuana is now legal in Washington State! Adults age 21 and over are now allowed to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana under state law. Last month voters in the state approved Initiative 502, but it didn’t officially go into effect until 30 days after the election. It is very likely that today will be looked back on as the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in the United States.
Washington will forever be known as the first state to legalize marijuana. Colorado was technically the first state voting to legalize marijuana, being in an early timezone, but Amendment 64 will not go into effect in Colorado for a few more weeks.
While recreational marijuana is now legal for adults in the state, there is still not a legal system for them to obtain it. Initiative 502 will eventually result in the state creating a system of highly regulated growers and retail marijuana stores, but it will take roughly another year for the Washington State Liquor Control Board to craft those regulations. You can follow the progress at the LCB I-502 implementation site.
For now though, if you live in Washington State; smoke’em if you got’em, if you are 21 years of age or older and don’t intend to drive right afterwards. Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
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