Marijuana Legal in Washington
December 9, 2012 Leave a comment
It has been declared legal marijuana for medical purposes in the country since 1998, Washington and Colorado opted to legalize marijuana, despite federal law still declare it as a crime.
But since the day Thursday, December 6, 2012 midnight U.S. West Coast, anyone aged 21 years and above can take up to 28.4 grams of cannabis, although enjoyed it in public remains a felony offense.
Seattle City Regional Attorney Pete Holmes in a press conference on Wednesday, said, “We are struggling with this prohibition for a century,” said Holmes, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
“It will take time to replace the system that is organized and licensed.”
A federal prosecutor in the state regional, Jenny Durkan, told the Post-Intelligencer that “Grow, sell, or have any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law,” regardless of what the state law is applied in Washington.
Despite the general opinion that marijuana was still in the same category with cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, according to explanations Durkan. Only Congress can change the designation.
The policy will ultimately have an impact on tax revenue from marijuana market that is licensed and controlled.
(Source BBC Indonesia, Kompas /Image abcnews.go.com)