I have a couple criticisms of Matthew Kenyon’s column, “Inslee blows smoke about pot laws.”
First of all, he should reconsider the organization of the statement:
"Under I-502, it is now legal for an adult over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of pot for personal and recreational use. It remains illegal for anyone to sell, grow, or buy until a system of distribution is established by the state."
If one cannot grow, buy, or sell marijuana, then we can infer that one is not allowed possess marijuana. Since it is a plant, it must grow for it to exist for any length of time. Washington State did permit medical green cards, allowing those with prescriptions to purchase marijuana before this law passed.
Even if one does not grow the marijuana, it must be traded, bought, sold, or freely given away for possession. It’s just bad business to give away any amount of product for "free," not to mention that it’s currently illegal to have mass amounts of marijuana within the United States.
Secondly, marijuana is a wild plant. If the plant is taken out of its habitat and into homes or garden pots, then Mr. Kenyon’s argument stands. But for those who own hundreds of acres of forest or farmland in Washington, it’s almost impossible to make sure that a single wild plant isn't growing on the property.
Finally, if marijuana is growing on state property, they can’t exactly sue themselves.
senior, chemical engineering