Marijwhatnow? Your Guide to Legal Pot Use From the Seattle Police Department

The Seattle Police Department issued an FAQ about what people can and can't do with their pot as a result of the passage of I-502. Add your tips below.

The always interesting Seattle Police Department SPD Blotter on Friday published a users' guide to legal pot in Seattle and Washington in the wake of the passage of I-502, the marijuana decriminalization initiative. 

The measure, which passed by a wide margin this week, makes it legal for a person older than 21 to possess a small amount of pot for personal use. 

But I-502 doesn't fully legalize all aspects of pot use. First, "legal" pot remains in conflict with federal law. Second, sales and public smoking remain restricted. 

Enter the Seattle Police Deparment's legal team, which put together this users' guide. Among the pointers:

Can I legally carry around an ounce of marijuana?

 According to the recently passed initiative, beginning December 6th, adults over the age of 21 will be able to carry up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. Please note that the initiative says it “is unlawful to open a package containing marijuana…in view of the general public,” so there’s that. Also, you probably shouldn’t bring pot with you to the federal courthouse (or any other federal property).

Already, local prosecuting attorneys, such as in King County, are dropping existing pot cases. Similar issues are being discussed and decided in Colorado, where voters also approved a marijuana legalization law on Tuesday.

This doesn't mean every employer likes the change in law. The NFL, for example, told players and staff this week that pot use remains forbidden, even when teams are playing in Seattle and Denver. 

Lynn November 14, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Hi Don; I agree about the jabs at the smokers and the nonsmokers of weed. I'm glad it's legal there myself ... even though I don't smoke it either for much the same reason. I work in the Security field, and also soon as an EMT Basic. Neither job encourages either alcohol or drug use. And since the job interests me more than smoking weed ... I refrain. But for those who don't have or aspire to sensitive jobs like that, enjoy your weed. Just do me a favor and don't either drink and drive or smoke and drive. That's the ONLY area, along with operating dangerous machinery, where I'll take issue with intoxicants. Smoke away ... just do it responsibly. I'm not going to hurl insults at either the "yays" or "nays" of the new law. Just try and respect one another, please.
dexterjibs November 14, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Don, I am not calling pot heads ignorant and gullible. The people I am calling ignorant are the people who voted "Yes" based on the lies that have been put forward by pro-marihuana crowd. People that actually partake of that crap, I would call them dopes. So, Don, get over yourself and your desire for people to think you are cool cuz you are pro-pot legalization.
Don November 14, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Hey Dex, cool huh? actually I'm closer to a nerd or a dork.
dexterjibs November 14, 2012 at 05:38 AM
You know, Don, so am I. At least according to my wife and kids. But I always thought I was cool back in the day.
Lynn November 14, 2012 at 08:10 AM
I'm definitely a nerd,. Have a computer don't I? Even know hoe to repair it. Ah that makes me a guru ;)


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