What to expect when Wash. marijuana law changes at midnight

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 7:59 PM

SPOKANE -- Thursday at midnight, the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Washington State, but a lot of questions remain about what users are and are not allowed to do

There is not expected to be a dramatic change, because many parts of the law have yet to be ironed out.

Voters in Washington passed Initiative 502 in November. It means it will not a crime for Washingtonians 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana.

The catch is there is still no way to legally obtain pot. Authorities said it will still be a felony crime to sell or grow marijuana with the exception of those who are authorized under Washington’s medical marijuana law.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has one year to put together licensing rules for growing, producing, transporting and selling pot.

Marijuana also remains illegal federally.

The DOJ is reviewing the initiatives and prosecutors around the state have already speculated that the federal government could sue Washington over the law.

Spokane Police and the Spokane County Sheriff's office say they don't expect to write many tickets because marijuana enforcement is their lowest priority.

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