502 decriminalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana beginning Dec. 6. It also establishes a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence. Home-growing marijuana for recreational reasons remains barred, as does the public display or use of pot.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board, which is charged with regulating and taxing recreational marijuana, expects it to take nearly a year for the infrastructure to be in place and that timeline assumes the Federal Government does not file an injunction blocking implementation of Initiative 502. Governor Gregoire was in DC earlier this week meeting with the Feds to assess their intent.
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