LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - The end of Pot Prohibition could be sooner than we think. 22news reporter Juli McDonald explains how Colorado and Washington state are potentially paving the way to give everyone access to legal marijuana.
To legally purchase marijuana in Massachusetts, you'll need a serious medical diagnosis and a prescription from your doctor. But in Colorado or Washington state? You'll just have to prove you're 21 or older. Voters there said 'yes' last fall to legalizing recreational marijuana, so how long until other states follow their lead?
“I've felt that way for 40 years. Kind of grew up with it being a part of popular culture when I was young. There were some people who got in trouble with it but not that many and not that badly,” said William Sears of Longmeadow.
The Justice Department came up with a code of conduct for states like Colorado and Washington -- conditions like keeping marijuana out of kids' hands and preventing drugged driving. But even supporters of marijuana admit some of those conditions could be difficult to enforce.
“Right now you can have a field sobriety breathalyzer. You'd have to set a legal limit for marijuana when driving and figure out how to test for that. The workplace -- Are you going to have some sort of test to know if people are showing up stoned?” said Ed Clark of Longmeadow.
Pot is expected to be sold commercially in Colorado and Washington state early next year. Drug abuse prevention advocates called the Justice Department's decision not to block state pot laws a mistake, saying they won't be able to measure the damage of marijuana getting into the wrong hands.