Washington residents took to the toke on Thursday, as recreational marijuana officially became legal by state law. But the legalized bong hits and brownies of questionable repute may not last, as pot still remains illegal under federal law.
The Department of Justice said its enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act will remain the same, and it'll continue to enforce federal law within the state. Both Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana by state initiatives in the 2012 election. A legal showdown between the states and the federal government is likely, though the DOJ hasn't given any indication if and when it'll sue to block state regulatory schemes.
Washington state law now allows residents 21 and older to carry up to an ounce of marijuana on them at any given time. Technically, residents cannot smoke in public, though enforcement of pot laws are low among state police priorities.
The state still has a year to come up with a system of state-licensed growers, processers, and retailers, so weed cannot be bought legally within the state, save for medical marijuana. All legal marijuana sales will be taxed.
Via Boston and Politico