Friday, December 14th, 2012

Obama Might Allow People To Smoke Marijuana In States Where It's Now Legal

This Weed Iz Mine.Good news from the current "former marijuana smoker" in the White House: Barack Obama has finally (and vaguely) said that his administration will not make it a "priority" to prosecute people who legally use marijuana in the western states of Colorado and Washington. Voters there approved recreational weed in the November election, and since then the U.S. Justice Department has continued its weird, threatening rumblings. (States with legal medicinal pot have seen increased prosecution of legal growers and dispensaries during Obama's first term.)

"It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that under state law that's legal," he told ABC News in part of an interview released on Friday.

"At this point (in) Washington and Colorado, you've seen the voters speak on this issue. And, as it is, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions," Obama said.

Obama is the third consecutive president to be a known recreational user of marijuana. But so far, only coastal-elite Republican-lite leaders like Michael Bloomberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger have had the personal dignity to admit they enjoyed the use of the commonplace plant.

Photo by Chris Yarzab

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Mike_B (#239,283)

What are the rules right now in Washington? I'm heading to Seattle next month and I need to plan ahead for some things.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

@Mike_B I was just up there visiting. I talked to an avid pot-smoker who is even more paranoid about cops now. I argued with her, "But you won't get prosecuted for possession of an ounce or less." She said cops are going to try and bust more people for public intoxication. Not sure about that, but don't get too excited.

Brunhilde (#1,225)

@Mike_B You can smoke in private residences, walking around in public with a joint is as illegal as walking around with an open container, there's still no way to buy it legally without a prescription.

Smitros (#5,315)

Dog will definitely want Taco Bell once he gets through all that weed.

@Smitros I'll bet you a bag of tacos its name is Weedy or Bud.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@Smitros – My money is on Dank.

destinyflinstones (#240,137)

That's a bad idea.

chascates (#470)

Simply being a med pot client in Washington state is the current ultimate. The state doesn't maintain a registry of eligible patients, all that is needed is a note from a doctor (which is not a prescription but an authorization to use cannabis). State law allows a defense if arrested that even if you didn't have that note you potentially could have gotten one.
The personal amount permitted is what the state decided was a 60-day supply: 24 OUNCES! As well as 5 plants. Law again allows the defense that you need a larger amount if you can prove it is medically helpful.
Some Washington communities (surprisingly Bellingham) still raid dispensaries on occasion but Seattle and many cities are more enlightened.

Maro (#242,289)

"But you won't get prosecuted for possession of an ounce or less." She said cops are going to try and bust more people for public intoxication. Not sure about liquidy that, but don't get too excited.

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