Washington, United States (4E) – Washington State on Thursday decriminalized marijuana, declaring the possession of the drug as legal. However, smoking the drug in public will remain illegal.
The authorities will not arrest anyone carrying up to 1 oz (28.4 grams) and is aged 21 and above.
Those who would be caught smoking in public, however, will have to face a fine of $100.
“If drinking in public is disallowed, so is smoking marijuana in public,” Seattle’s city attorney Pete Holmes said.
The new law will soon allow selling of marijuana at state-licensed stores where it will be taxed at 25% – a move that could help save the economy ultimately. However, the move will need another year, as the state is yet to establish the licensing system.