Washington state initiative legalizes pot possession for adults

Washington state initiative legalizes pot possession for adults

by
Mitch Coffman
November 8, 2012
Mitch Coffman
November 8, 2012

One of the more watched initiatives nationally in Tuesday general election was a measure in Washington state that would allow residents to possess one ounce of dried marijuana without fear of criminal penalties. Now the devil is in the details, according to a story in the Seattle Times.

Washington voters approved the initiative overwhelmingly.  The new law removes criminal penalties for pot possession beginning Dec. 6 for those 21 and older though the law adds a provision to DUI offenses due to marijuana impairment. Private use is permitted, but public use could result in an infraction citation.

Under the initiative the state must have a plan in place by December 2013 for licensing retailers, growers and food processors. Marijuana will become a regulated commodity subject to 25 percent excise taxes at each level of production. The state expects to collect millions of dollars in taxes as a result of the regulations.

The full story is available here.

 

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