What You Need to Know about the New Washington State Cannabis Law

by CarlosSantiago on December 20, 2012

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In early December of this year, landmark laws were passed in both Colorado and Washington State regarding the possession and sale of marijuana, long an illegal product for any American to grow, sell, or use. Initiative 502 legalized the use of certain, limited amounts of marijuana for anyone who is 21 years old or older, granting voters the right to legally use this drug recreationally. Both of these states are the first to pass such laws in the United States, and there are certain stipulations that anyone living in Washington needs to know about regarding this newly passed initiative, otherwise a person could still find themselves needing the services of a criminal lawyer to help them fight marijuana charges.

Facts about Initiative 502

Contrary to many people’s beliefs, this new initiative does not allow just anyone to sell, grow, or smoke marijuana, commonly known as pot or weed, of any amount or in any place. As it stands now, this is what the initiative has put into place:

  • Only adults who are 21 years old or older are allowed to use marijuana
  • Legal possession is limited to one ounce
  • Pot cannot be smoked in public places
  • It is not legal to sell marijuana, but within a year, the state is charged with developing a state system for the growth and sale of marijuana

Despite this new initiative and the new regulations it has put in place, marijuana is still a regulated substance according to the federal government. Thus, it is possible for a person to still be arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. So while using small amounts of marijuana is legal according to state law in Wisconsin, there are a number of regulations still in place and people should educate themselves on their rights.

Carlos is a long-time blogger who has a wealth of experience writing about criminal law and other legal issues.

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