Marijwhatnow? Your Guide to Legal Pot Use From the Seattle Police Department

The Seattle Police Department issued an FAQ about what people can and can't do with their pot as a result of the passage of I-502. Add your tips below.

The always interesting Seattle Police Department SPD Blotter on Friday published a users' guide to legal pot in Seattle and Washington in the wake of the passage of I-502, the marijuana decriminalization initiative. 

The measure, which passed by a wide margin this week, makes it legal for a person older than 21 to possess a small amount of pot for personal use. 

But I-502 doesn't fully legalize all aspects of pot use. First, "legal" pot remains in conflict with federal law. Second, sales and public smoking remain restricted. 

Enter the Seattle Police Deparment's legal team, which put together this users' guide. Among the pointers:

Can I legally carry around an ounce of marijuana?

 According to the recently passed initiative, beginning December 6th, adults over the age of 21 will be able to carry up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. Please note that the initiative says it “is unlawful to open a package containing marijuana…in view of the general public,” so there’s that. Also, you probably shouldn’t bring pot with you to the federal courthouse (or any other federal property).

Already, local prosecuting attorneys, such as in King County, are dropping existing pot cases. Similar issues are being discussed and decided in Colorado, where voters also approved a marijuana legalization law on Tuesday.

This doesn't mean every employer likes the change in law. The NFL, for example, told players and staff this week that pot use remains forbidden, even when teams are playing in Seattle and Denver. 

Dena Rosko November 11, 2012 at 12:18 AM
That and THC stays in the system longer than alcohol: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_does_marijuana_stay_in_your_system + http://drug.addictionblog.org/how-long-does-marijuana-weed-pot-thc-stay-in-your-system/ which poses challenges for public safety and enforcement with driving while under the influence.
Local Guy November 11, 2012 at 01:19 AM
@Dena http://www.newapproachwa.org/sites/newapproachwa.org/files/I-502%20Factsheet%20-%20DUI.pdf http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/studies/canadasenate/vol1/chapter8_forms_of_testing.htm
BillT November 11, 2012 at 05:12 AM
The people of this state worked hard to lower the amount of smokers and now we do this. Who put the stupid pills in the water?
Don November 11, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Oh Billy, come on. Here's a great old phrase from Cheeh and Chong, No stems no seeds that you don't need, Acapulco gold is bad axx weed!
Mermaid woman November 11, 2012 at 08:12 PM
The state of Washington had nothing to do with putting liquor in the stores and making that exspensive... it was the vote of the people and the state can not fight an inititive. You can thank the writers of 1183 for doing this. The distributors make the first price... something not there before going private. The 1183, written mostly by Coscto at the cost of 22 million dollars added the 10% distributors and 17% retail fee (not a tax becasue we would have to vote on it) The state worked the liquor fine in this state for 70 years... blame who wrote it and those people who didn't read the voters pamflet!
Barry Stone November 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Mermaid woman is right, Donna. You can thank a certain large club retailer, who dumped millions into a campaign to vote "Yes" for the booze initiative.
Clin Baker November 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Bill you know nothing about weed. Alcohol is a much more dangerous drug. Bye the way, even if 502 didn't pass people would still smoke anyway. At least the State can put some money into the general fund.
Clin Baker November 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM
There is an active enzyme that is tested in the blood for THC levels it only last a few hours after smoking. There is also an inactive one that you are describing that can last for weeks, it is stored in your fat. Only the active can be used for DUI purposes. In other words, don't drive for a few hours after you smoke. Just as you do for alcohol, right?
Phyllis Forister November 12, 2012 at 02:18 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/11/03/israel-medical-marijuana-drugs/1678641 This article in USA Today tells how Israel treats pain with medical marijuna and has been doing so, successfully, for a decade. Children and people that survived the Holocost are being treated with medical marijuna! Because there is practically no chance of side affects from using marijuna to to treat pain it only makes sense to use it for such. If you haven't suffered debilitating pain and have found that synthetic pain pills cause even more pain and distress then you don't know how important having access to medical marijauna is.
Phyllis Forister November 12, 2012 at 02:21 AM
BillT, medical marijuna can be taken in other ways that don't require smoking.
Elaine Biggerstaff November 12, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Hello? All of the ballots haven't been counted yet and won't be until 11/27/12. How can something pass when as of today, there were still 275,000 ballots to be counted!
Lynn November 12, 2012 at 03:56 AM
My 85 year old mother voted for legalization :) And as for taking medical marijuana. Probably not smoking, but might be put in a tea, made into an aerosol, even injected. There's a LOT of ways that don't involve smoking it.
Susan November 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I would just like to ad neither pro or con to legalizing but I want EVERYONE to remember it is an ADDICTIVE drug that can be both used responsibly and abused. Many people around the world have become addicted to Marijuana. It is in the DSM-VI as both a drug that can be abused (periodic problems use such as binge use) and dependency (continued use despite negative consequences). Like many powerful drugs it has benefits and costs associated with its use. Sometimes when we get in the "comparison shopping" mode and say it is the lesser of evils (like it is not as bad as alcohol...which is true in most cases)...we forget that it is still a powerful drug that can negatively affect people’s lives. Everything from harming peoples motivations (classic stoner that never leave his parents basement), stunting the individual's emotional and psychological development (which is why it is so important that we continue to impress on young people to wait until they are an adult to even try it), and can cause multiple health problems. Using it responsibly is possible and even likely as long as people use it recreational and remember to avoid become dependent on it. Its the same as alcohol and other substances you can become addicted and have no idea you are addicted and it can consume your whole life or..... It can be just another way you relax once in a while. Just remember if you really feel like you NEED the marijuana its time to look at whether or not you have an addiction.
Lynn November 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Hi Susan. It sounds like you at least work with the addition population. VERY knowledgeable comment and I apologize for not noting about addictions in my comments. The remarks I made about use are made with the assumption the person is capable of using a substance responsibly. For those with addiction issues, it is most certainly best to NOT use ... for as is commonly expressed in Alcoholics Anonymous (and NA, etc.) ... one drink (or hit) is TOO many. For the rest of us out there, we need to be very cautious with ANY substance that's addictive either physically or psychologically lest WE become part of the addicted population. Addiction of any kind is a progressive disease and as you said, you may not be aware of it until you're really "hooked". I am familiar with the DSM IV ... a manual of conditions and diseases designed for use by the mental health practitioners. Thanks for sharing that, and your insights. Lynn
dexterjibs November 13, 2012 at 04:39 AM
I love how gullible, ignorant people bought into the lies of the pot heads pushing this bill. How sad our electorate has become. Lie after lie about all the benefits of pot legalization. Buyers remorse will set in soon.
dexterjibs November 13, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Great points, Susan. The marihuana nowadays is not the marihuana of the 60's, 70's and 80's. It is upwards to 40% THC levels which is very addictive and is a hallucinegetic. The pot heads pushing this law don't want to mention the addictive nature and how very severe depression sets in on addicts and eventually suicide.
dexterjibs November 13, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Elaine, unfortunately, with many King County votes still to be counted and the Democrat run King County elections board, the fix is in. Even if there are enough votes to defeat this monster of a law, King County Elections board will find "votes" to ensure this passes.
DENNIS RICHARDS November 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I just want to say , It was already legal for medicinal use , the bill was wriiten so anybody, not informed enough, thought they were helping the cause, anybody voting for this just ENABLED the state, to control, tax and get their hands sticky, in all and every bit, of God's natural medicine, for so many things. Including production, distribution, and end user registration. Why are so many so stupid? I might be wrong, but let's see what happens! I hope I don't have to say I told you so! I will not add any adverse comments now , just come on people, PLEASE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE VOTING ON!!!!!!!!
DENNIS RICHARDS November 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
yep just look at alcohol, the state wasn't getting enough action so they put it out there so they could get more action, many times over! Let's see, just a guess,5000 stores statewide,x30%-overhead=not enough,,,,,,, 25000 stores X 20% taxes,, opps no overhead=a hella lot more, IMAGINE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUH ,,,,U TELL ME PLEASE!!!!~ Buyers REMORES Oh Yah REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Todd Ruth November 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
It is amazing that one slick add on TV could get them to 55% of the vote! I'd say the non-pot smokers that voted for this just believed the lie. The group that got this passed is not going to stop here. They plan on repealing the law even more. From the sensiblewashington.org website: "Given the concerns with this limit, and givin it has no scientific basis, we will work vigorously on making a change to this policy. The Legislature can’t alter it with a majority vote for 2 years (though they can with a two-thirds majority vote), but we will lobby our state’s house and senate to try and build support for a repeal of this mandate." I hope you California hippies enjoy it. As for me, it might be time to look for a new state to live in so I do not have to put up with all the stoners that will now move here.
Local Guy November 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Sorry Todd, but latest "National" Gallop Poll shows the same 55% across the nation. It's not just Washington nor Colorado, nor "one slick add (sic) on TV". I would suggest a cave, or a rock, rather then a new state.
Lynn November 13, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The anti pot folks might want to move to another PLANET :) NASA is a Federal agency, which makes it Federal juristiction ... and you'll likely have to ride a NASA rocket to get there :) And ... it's a legal way to get high! Lol! Thought I'd add some humor to this. Have a great day folks ...
Edward A. November 13, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I vote for more commas, and more CAPS LOCK!
Susan November 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
"God natural medicine" please!!!!!!!! Opiates are "God's natural medicine" too and they are the most addictive and harmful drug there is... not to mention god created cyanide...just cause it grows out of the earth doesn't mean its safe. Too many people creating problems that can be solved with "God's natural medicine" but really have an addiction they are unwilling to face. Ask yourself honestly which came first the "problem" for which you need the "medicine" or the marijuana use. For so many using marijuana under the guise of "medical use" is just a way to perpetuate their addiction and in reality they started smoking pot way way (10, 20, even 30 years) before they developed the problem for which is seems to solve. If you have glaucoma or cancer I totally agree it is an appropriate medical intervention but if you have been smoking pot for 20 years then trying to say you need it for head aches or back problems I say .....come on ... reality check!!! you just want to smoke pot and wish away the problems associated with it... at least be honest with yourself. All the legislation in the world is not going to change the fact that marijuana is addictive and if you have an addiction to it it being legal isn't going to make it "ok".
Don November 14, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Dexterjibs, please, get over yourself. Getting on a community blog site and spouting out of bunch of insults to those who like or smoke mj isn't accomplishing anything but making you look like an ass. We understand you don't like the law and think people who partake are ignorant and gullible. I don't smoke it because of drug testing but I'm glad it finally got passed, Time for some some insults Dex?
Lynn November 14, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Hi Don; I agree about the jabs at the smokers and the nonsmokers of weed. I'm glad it's legal there myself ... even though I don't smoke it either for much the same reason. I work in the Security field, and also soon as an EMT Basic. Neither job encourages either alcohol or drug use. And since the job interests me more than smoking weed ... I refrain. But for those who don't have or aspire to sensitive jobs like that, enjoy your weed. Just do me a favor and don't either drink and drive or smoke and drive. That's the ONLY area, along with operating dangerous machinery, where I'll take issue with intoxicants. Smoke away ... just do it responsibly. I'm not going to hurl insults at either the "yays" or "nays" of the new law. Just try and respect one another, please.
dexterjibs November 14, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Don, I am not calling pot heads ignorant and gullible. The people I am calling ignorant are the people who voted "Yes" based on the lies that have been put forward by pro-marihuana crowd. People that actually partake of that crap, I would call them dopes. So, Don, get over yourself and your desire for people to think you are cool cuz you are pro-pot legalization.
Don November 14, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Hey Dex, cool huh? actually I'm closer to a nerd or a dork.
dexterjibs November 14, 2012 at 05:38 AM
You know, Don, so am I. At least according to my wife and kids. But I always thought I was cool back in the day.
Lynn November 14, 2012 at 08:10 AM
I'm definitely a nerd,. Have a computer don't I? Even know hoe to repair it. Ah that makes me a guru ;)


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