People of Northwest Public Radio
Tue June 24, 2014
Wash. Officials: We're Focused on Keeping Pot Out Of Hands Of Minors
The open era of recreational marijuana is about to start in Washington state. And Governor Jay Inslee says state agencies are focused on keeping pot out of the hands of those under the age of 21.
The governor was joined by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the chair of the Liquor Control Board at a press conference Tuesday.
Governor Inslee said the Washington State Patrol is keeping an eye out for impaired drivers.
"The state patrol is going to make sure people understand this: you drive high, you get a DUI,” Inslee said. “We will not allow this effort of legalization to increase the risks to our family members on the roadways today."
A new website, learnaboutmarijuanawa.org, has health information, facts, and a parent guide.
Washington legalized recreational marijuana when state voters approved Initiative 502 in November 2012. Colorado is the only other state in the nation that has legalized pot.
Licenses to sell recreational marijuana in Washington will be issued on July 7. Stores could open the very next day.
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