Law Enforcement Officials Try To Figure Out How To Enforce Marijuana In Washington State
by Alex Rozier, KHQ Local News Reporter - bio | email
WASH. - Marijuana is now legal in Washington state, but you can have
no more than an ounce on your person. Voters in the state of Washington gave a
tough task to law enforcement when they asked the state legalize, tax and
regulate a product that is illegal everywhere in the country.
As far as local law enforcement goes, you're not going to
see many changes right away. Spokane
Police Chief Frank Straub says his department continues to invest the majority
of its time into violent crimes and not so much marijuana. Still, they want to
hear from the higher-ups.
"People always say the devil is in the details," Straub
said. "We're going to have to wait on some level to see what comes down from the
Governor's office and State Patrol and the Alcohol Control Board before we're
able to make decisions, clear decisions."
Because it is still illegal on a federal level, Chief
Straub says it will be hard to act against what the Drug Enforcement Agency
wants. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich agrees, but he says his deputies
will receive extra training so they will be able to recognize when drivers are
under the influence of marijuana. Drivers that deputies believe may be under the influence of marijuana
will be asked to take a blood test.
U.S. Attorneys Office released a statement saying their position on marijuana
remains unchanged, encouraging the people of Washington to remember that selling
or possessing marijuana remains illegal under federal law. They specifically
advised against bringing any amount of marijuana onto federal property, like
your courthouse, as well as national parks or military institutions.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:27 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:27:35 GMT
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