Washington first state to legalize recreational marijuana use

I-502 details marijuana law

Washington passes I-502

Voters in Washington state have passed I-502, thus making Washington the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Of course, pot is still illegal from a federal standpoint, so the decision may result in a showdown between the state and federal governments, as when state and federal laws conflict, federal laws win out.

I-502 will see the creation of a network of marijuana growers licensed by the state, processing facilities, and retail stores. Adults aged 21 and over will be able to buy up to an ounce of dried weed, a pound of marijuana-infused solid food items like chocolate and cookies, or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid items. The law also establishes a standard limit for the amount of marijuana substance you can have in your blood before being considered to be driving under the influence.

The legalization of pot aims to inject hundreds of millions of dollars each year in taxes while simultaneously reducing the amount of marijuana arrests.

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