What Does Marijuana Legalization Actually Mean For Washington?

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Just so I understand, you can have it (possess) but can't buy, sell, take possession (delivery) or grow it?
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@Geez - You got it. That might change under the state's rulemaking over the next year, but as Holcomb explained it, three things are illegal under federal law: Growing pot, delivering pot, and possessing pot. This vote only changes the law on that last past, possessing pot.

I added a note to the post that you also can't smoke pot in public or indoors in places where cigarettes are banned.
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You can't smoke it anywhere in public if "anyone can tell it's pot"? What kind of vague law is that going to be? I'm sure that if I lit a hand-rolled stick of tobacco in public, folks would be sure it's a joint. And if people are going to be under the influence in public (nothing new there), what difference does it make whether someone can recognize the form it's in? Is it so our children will continue seeing tobacco smokers but won't have to observe the deadly marijuana cigarette? And if it's legal for people 21+ to possess it, why can't they grow small quantities at home, just as home-brewing is legal?
And in Oregon we get who knows how many more years of policies that are proven failures.
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There's no such thing as growing in small quantities. One plant would yield much, much more than the one ounce allotted.
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This is fairly similar to the Portuguese model, where they have the same restrictions. The purpose of this is to prevent illicit trade with other European countries (or trade with States, in this case).

Unfortunately for the State of Washington, bad laws are rarely tweaked to become good ones. So, if California or Oregon passes optimal full-blown legalization without taxation, Washington citizens will be stuck with this model for many, many years. Just look at how long it took to repeal their liquor control measures.

Still, this is a very positive development. I'm shopping for retail space in Vancouver right now. I think my cafe's policy will be something along the lines of “This is a private business. You can use the shop’s vaporizers, but you have to bring your own weed. And if you're caught trading or selling weed here, we're kicking you out.” But, I still need to clear this up with a lawyer.
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"There's no such thing as growing in small quantities."
That statement depends on your definition of "small quantities," and on what the law allows, which I'm arguing should have been much different for it to be an effective and long-lasting set of reforms. What do you call medical-marijuana patients growing under the limit for their own use, mass production?
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Kudos to CO for going the simple way - treat pot like booze. Even for Liquor Control states like OR and WA, that much more easily replicates a system that has been in place, and [arguably] working since prohibition.

Now, if we can just get Bronco Bama to do something at that level...
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So how in the hell are you suppose to obtain it then??? And does that mean if you get caught with it that they are gonna wanna know where you got it??? And if you don't tell are you going to get into trouble??? So basically, do you have to have a card to be able to possess it or smoke it???
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Ya"ll talkin about the law? Well I'd like to hear it potheads
regards
Sgt Barnes
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When has it ever been hard to get the Hippie Lettuce in Portland? Why are you tripping so much about this? I don't indulge but I would vote for decriminalizing it....PS no shock Colorado passed this.