Taking pot shots at pot-tourism in Washington

Taking pot shots at pot-tourism in Washington

Portland : OR : USA | Dec 09, 2012 at 7:14 AM PST
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Washington has made marijuana legal and could soon become the hot pot-tourism spot.

But, neighboring Oregon is in a dilemma – the Portland police have thought it fit to offer some sound advice to enthusiastic pot users of Oregon.

While one can nip over to Washington to get high on pot, one has to be careful not to violate any law on the return journey – even if he is on a bike, he could be hauled up for driving or being under the influence of the drug .

Such actions could mean strange twists in the tale of pot made legal in Washington

This has been reported in foxnews.com of dated 8th of December 2012.

Of course, in case he is the holder of an Oregon medical marijuana card, he can get the authorized quota from any outlet in Washington State as informed by the police of Portland.

Marijuana is still not legal under federal law and the neighboring states of Washington are eagerly watching further developments on how the whole issue shapes up.

Therefore, in the event of the absence of the federal law intervention, and provided Washington state is able to set up a well-organized supply system, it could well be transformed into a major source of pot for Oregon and Idaho.

In the opinion of Josh Marquis, the DA for Oregon's Clatsop County, there is no need to oppose marijuana in totality – the federal government should decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and, simultaneously, allow those with genuine medical needs easy access for treatment.

However, there must be suitable checks to ensure that people just do not go over to Washington to obtain weed, get stoned and return home.

In Idaho there is no medical marijuana law and the possession of marijuana in any form is illegal - possession of less than three ounces is a misdemeanor, and the punishment for such an offence could be up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The relaxation is still not fully clear – whereas possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults becomes legal, it’s growing and selling continues to be considered as a crime.

Termed as ‘Initiative 502’ that had been passed last month by Washington voters, recreational marijuana became legal from December 6 – but, it would be another year before clear-cut rules are formulated growing and selling it.

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Using marijuana for medical purposes has been legal for 14 years in California
Using marijuana for medical purposes has been legal for 14 years in California
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