Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington may have taken away the state penalties for smoking pot, but citizens are having difficulty legally purchasing the organic substance. Legally buying marijuana is still not an option as far as the US federal government is concerned.
The federal government still looks at those who grow, sell, or enjoy marijuana as felons. Pot remains a Schedule I substance that can carry hefty fines and jail time, according to NBC News. Seattle US Attorney Jenny Durkan had this to say about the problems with actually buying pot in states where controlled usage is possible:
“Regardless of any changes in state law growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.”
Last Thursday, it became legal in Washington for adults over the age of 21 to possess one ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of a solid marijuana-infused product such as pot brownies, or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed Amendment 64 into law on Monday. Colorado’s law allows both recreational marijuana use and home growing, WPTV notes.
Pot smokers excited about finally having the freedom to opt for cannabis to mellow out instead of booze are still reportedly waiting for growers to legally offer marijuana and marijuana-infused products for sale.
Deigo Pellicer Incorporate Chief Executive Jamen Shively had this to say about selling marijuana in Colorado and Washington:
“Part of the mission of our company is to transform marijuana from a back-alley drug being sold by criminals into a premium product being enjoyed by responsible adults. We’re creating the category of premium marijuana. If you are producing or intending to produce premium-grade product that’s in line with our ethos, we’re interested in talking to you.”