By next week, customers will be able to go into retail stores and buy marijuana legal, taxed and regulated by the state of Washington. Even though Washington voters passed Initiative 502 nearly two years ago, there's still a lot of confusion about what's actually legal when it comes to recreational marijuana.
The Washington Liquor Control Board is heavily regulating the production, processing and sale of recreational marijuana. The agency is extremely busy this week, getting ready to issue licenses to the first 20 retail stores. The board and its staff are also fielding questions about what's legal in this new world.
Consumers cannot possess more than one ounce of usable marijuana at a time.
Driving while high is still illegal. Anyone caught driving under the influence is subject to a DUI.
If you're worried about what your kids will see, know this: retail stores can't display marijuana or products in public view. You don't have to worry about someone dressed like a dancing pot leaf, luring you in from the street.
Finally, no smoking pot in public. The legislation says it can't be smoked in public view. Not in parks, not in bars, not walking down the street. If someone is smoking on their front lawn and neighbors complain, they could be cited. The penalty is a misdemeanor violation and would require paying a fine.
For a list of answers to the state's most asked questions, visit this link. http://lcb.wa.gov/marijuana/faqs_i-502