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Local cops issue advisory with new pot law in effect

December 6th, 2012 - 7:27am

(Port Angeles) -- With marijuana possession now legal in Washington state, local police are issuing guidelines on how pot laws will be enforced. Those over 21 can now legally posses up to an ounce of pot.

The Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team advisory board, made up of local law enforcement leaders and prosecutors, says the new law does not affect how local police will enforce the state's medical marijuana statutes.

They also say there will still be zero tolerance locally for anyone under 21 who posess marijuana.

DUI laws have language added that sets the level of THC, the chemical in marijuana that affects a person, at 5 nanograms or more per milliliter of blood. THC level can only be obtained through a blood test. Local law enforcement say the implied consent law has been changed to allow for blood tests if marijuana use is suspected at a traffic stop.

Under the new law, marijuana use is not a crime or infraction if it is not displayed in public. But local police say if it is shown in public, you could face a $103-dollar fine, but no arrest or jail time.

Washington's pot law took effect at midnight this morning.

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