Recreational use of marijuana in Washington state still posts questions


By Haley Coomes

Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Washington state, but there are still several legal loopholes that can kill the buzz.

Voters passed the move last month, but those who choose to light up could find themselves in a legal haze.

Adults can now have up to an ounce of pot, but growing and selling it is still a crime.

The other buzz killer? White House spokesman Jay Carney points out that smoking pot is still a federal crime.

“As the justice department has made clear, its enforcement of the controlled substances act remains unchanged,” said Carney. “In enacting the controlled substances act, Congress has determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance.”

Colorado also legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but that amendment won't take effect until the governor proclaims that it passed.

He has 30 days to roll it into effect.

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