Possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is now legal for adults in Washington state. Sammy Brenner reports on what the new law means for Oregonians.
In November, Washington voters passed initiative 502, meaning it is no longer a violation for those 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau says that while Oregon state laws haven’t changed in regard to marijuana, Oregonians can legally smoke pot in Washington.
“The really important thing we want people to remember is driving under the influence. People are going to go over to Washington to consume marijuana they really need to have a good plan on how to get home safely. Have a designated driver, take public transportation, or plan to stay the night,” Simpson said.
Simpson says Oregon medical marijuana cardholders will be able to bring marijuana back without violating either state law. Washington’s initiative gives the state a year to develop rules and a licensing system for the production and sale of marijuana.