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Go ahead and inhale, just don’t hand it to a friend

On Tuesday Washington State, along with Colorado, didn't just decriminalize marijuana possession, it legalized it. There's just one catch: Whereas the state allows people who use medicinal marijuana to form growing collectives, according to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, there is no provision in the new law for legal non-medicinal growing collectives. (AP Photo/file)

On Tuesday Washington State, along with Colorado, didn’t just decriminalize marijuana possession, it legalized it.

There’s just one catch: Whereas the state allows people who use medicinal marijuana to form growing collectives, according to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, there is no provision in the new law for legal non-medicinal growing collectives.

So the question is, come December 6th, when the law kicks in, is there any place a recreational user can legally by weed?

“No,” says Holmes. “That will not happen until licenses are developed.”

There it is. It will be legal to possess pot, but there’s no legal way to get it and no protection if the cops see you sharing the marijuana you possess with someone else, which as you may know, is kind of a tradition.

“If they see a transfer, that is distribution,” says Holmes.

It’s unlikely you’d be arrested. But the question is, does this law really make marijuana legal if the only way to legally possess it is to participate in an illegal transfer?

Which has millions of Washingtonians asking: How willing to be cuffed would you be, to give a friend his lawful doobie?

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