able to carry up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. Please note that the initiative says it “isunlawful 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 federalproperty).
Well, where can I legally buy pot, then?
The Washington State Liquor Control Board is working to establish guidelines for the sale anddistribution of marijuana. The WSLCB has until December 1, 2013 to finalize those rules.
Can I grow marijuana in my home and sell it to my friends, family, and co-workers?
As long as you’re a licensed grower and seller, yes. If you’re a medical marijuana patient, the ruleson growing haven’t changed.
Can I smoke pot outside my home? Like at a park, magic show, or the Bite of Seattle?
Much like having an open container of alcohol in public, doing so could result in a civilinfraction—like a ticket—but not arrest. You can certainly use marijuana in the privacy of your ownhome. Additionally, if smoking a cigarette isn’t allowed where you are (say, inside an apartmentbuilding or flammable chemical factory), smoking marijuana isn’t allowed there either.
Will police officers be able to smoke marijuana?
As of right now, no. This is still a very complicated issue.
If I apply for a job at the Seattle Police Department, will past (or current) marijuana use beheld against me?
The current standard for applicants is that they have not used marijuana in theprevious three years. In light of I-502, the department is consulting with the city’s employment lawdivision and the state attorney general to see if and how that standard may be revised.
What happens if I get pulled over and an officer thinks I’ve been smoking pot?
If an officer believes you’re driving under the influence of anything, they will conduct a field sobrietytest and may consult with a drug recognition expert. If officers establish probable cause, they willbring you to a precinct and ask your permission to draw your blood for testing. If officers havereason to believe you’re under the influence of something, they can get a warrant for a blood drawfrom a judge. If you’re in a serious accident, then a blood draw will be mandatory.
What happens if I get pulled over and I’m sober, but an officer or his K9 buddy smells theounce of Super Skunk I’ve got in my trunk?
Under state law, officers have to develop probable cause to search a closed or locked container.Each case stands on its own, but the smell of pot alone will not be reason to search a vehicle. If officers have information that you’re trafficking, producing or delivering marijuana in violation of statelaw, they can get a warrant to search your vehicle.
SPD seized a bunch of my marijuana before I-502 passed. Can I have it back?
Will SPD assist federal law enforcement in investigations of marijuana users or marijuana-related businesses, which are legal, at the state level, under I-502?
No. Officers and detectives will not participate in an investigation of anything that’s allowed by statelaw.
seems like a really long ways away. What happens if I get caught withmarijuana before then?
Hold your breath. Your case will be processed under current state statute.However, there is already a city statute making marijuana enforcement the lowest law enforcementpriority.
I’m under 21. What happens if I get caught smoking pot?
It’s a violation of state law. It’ll be referred to prosecutors, just like if you were a minor in possessionof alcohol. But, again, marijuana enforcement is still the lowest law enforcement priority in Seattle.
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