Feel Free to Get Baked, Order Pizzas and Enjoy a LOTR Marathon in Your Own Home, Seattle Police Say

At of 12:01 a.m., it is legal in Washington for a person older than 21 to possess a small amount of marijuana for personal use. But the new law remains somewhat unregulated and conflicts with federal drug law. Tell us what you think in the comments.


They gathered at the Space Needle, in downtown Tacoma and in cloudy living rooms across the state. Pot smokers, once the scourge of law enforcement and scare films such as "Reefer Madness" became legit Thursday in Washington State.

"It means I don't have to worry," said Marty Johnson of Seattle, who stood with friends near the Space Needle to celebrate the first legal pot day in state history. "We've waited. It took more time than it should have but now it's legal."

Well, almost. While the November passage of I-502 made personal use amounts of marijuana legal in the state, it didn't change federal law -- a fact the Western District U.S. Attorney's office was quick to point out. 

"Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 6th in Washington State, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law," U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan wrote in a statement released Wednesday.

However, the Seattle Police Department Blotter had a decidedly more casual take on the new law: 

"Does this mean you should flagrantly roll up a mega-spliff and light up in the middle of the street? No. If you’re smoking pot in public, officers will be giving helpful reminders to folks about the rules and regulations under I-502 (like not smoking pot in public)," the SPD Blotter posted on Dec. 5.

"But the police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to."

Even so, the state is trying to move ahead with additional specific regulations. And local entrepreneurs are following right behind. My Northwest reports that "potpreneurs" are springing up with cookbooks and classes for marijuana edibles. 

But how to regulate the sales? The state is looking to pot industry experts for advice, according to the Associated Press. But officials still don't know exactly what to do in the short-term, KOMO news reports.

Currently, it's legal to possess it but not to grow or buy pot. 

"We are in uncharted territory," Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, told KOMO. 

Mark Bennett December 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Part (1) of (2) Nancy: You wrote: "Mark...why do your comments have to include a personal reference or attack on another poster? It detracts from your point." Why don't you ask that question of Joshua B.? I have put forth rock solid logical evidence and you and Joshua are obviously totally immune to such. Reason, truth and logic have no effect on you and you assign zero value to them. Trying to use logic, facts and reason with you and JB is like trying to teach my dog differential equations. She is simply not intellectually equipped to fathom mathematics just as you and Joshua B are incapable of logical argument. However I’ll give it one more try.
Mark Bennett December 10, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Part (2) of (2) Cannabis use was legal in the USA until 1937. Forty years of motor vehicle use and cannabis use did not see to produce the pile of carnage you two are so confident will be forthcoming to Washington State. The reason cannabis was essentially outlawed was because in 1937 Harry J. Anslinger, director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics testified before congress stating: "Marijuana is the most violence causing drug in the history of mankind." "Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes." The movie Reefer Madness was funded by the distilled spirits industry in an effort to eliminate competition and the result is the millions of Americans killed on the roads from drunk drivers. Is this sinking in yet? It is the hemp prohibitionists who are to no small degree responsible for the alcohol related deaths on America’s roads. Thank goodness that there are enough mature voters in Washington to shake-off the old racist, troglodyte mind-set which caused so much misery for our nation. I'm through with you and your oppressive, government-worshiping mindset. You have repeatedly proven that nothing you are capable of posting here is worthy of a response. Good day.
Local Guy December 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I wrote a letter of complaint and boycotted General Mills for 6 months. Cost em 4 boxes of cereal a month for 6 months before the wife started back dooring me on grocery store runs... And Mr Phelps still plays for the MJ team...
Mark Bennett December 11, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Check-out it. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2012/12/10/cannabidiols-offer-boost-towards-a-healthy-cancer-free-body/ It is almost enough to entice a fellow to start smoking the stuff.
CosmoThor December 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Mark, I am impressed with the number of bridge-related come backs you seem to possess, haha :)


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