Dec. 4 - From December 6, it will be legal in Washington state for adults to possess and use up to one ounce of marijuana. Jane Ross reports.
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Washington state marijuana laws go up in smoke.
From December 6, it's legal in Washington state to possess up to one ounce of marijuana.
The only problem? There's nowhere to legally buy it yet. And it's still an offense under federal law.
Medical marijuana dispensaries, like Abigail Gurthrie's, still can't sell to anyone without a prescription.
"People in the community on December 6th will be allowed to possess marijuana. They will not be able to come in to any dispensary and obtain it."
The new law will eventually allow cannabis to be legally sold and taxed at state-licensed stores, but those provisions won't be in effect for another year.
And users like Edward Wickard fear state law won't protect them from prosecution by the federal government, which classifies cannabis as an illegal narcotic.
"The state is not going to protect the people that live in their state because of it, because the big brother will come in and shut them down."
Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes is hopeful federal authorities will allow the state to implement its new law.
"There's every reason to believe that we can prevail upon federal authorities to show that, rather than conflicting with federal law, these initiatives actually compliment federal law."
If the federal government doesn't block legalized sales, the state of Washington could raise more than 500 million dollars from legal marijuana in fiscal year 2015.
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