This is my 2nd diary ever - first was immediately after Obama was first elected.
I live in WA state where marijuana is now, technically, legal. I am 100% supportive of this.
There are so many rumors and factoids out there that it is hard to separate fact from fiction - sticks from buds, so to speak.
I hope someone can provide some authoritative answers to the questions I have, as well as information about questions I don't even know enough to ask.
I mentioned above that marijuana is 'technically' legal. By that I mean that, while legal, you still cannot walk into a commercial store and actually buy any pot. So my first question is this: at what point will we be able to do that?
Second question: I have heard about federal guidelines that were crafted to allow WA state (CO as well, I assume) to scoff at federal law. What are these guidelines? Specifically, I have heard that one of the guidelines is that legalization is done in such a way that the black market is killed.
But I also heard that the legal pot is going to be more expensive than black market pot. Is this true? If so, what does that say about the possibility of eliminating the black market?
Another question: will demand outstrip supply, so that it will be difficult to walk into a store and make a purchase?
Will there be varying strains of marijuana available, so people who prefer powerful indica be able to get what they want, while others might want a milder sativa strain? Or what?
With one exception I have not gotten high since college, back in the early 70's. I am looking forward to a private toke or two, but I have no idea what is going on.
When does the party get started, and what kind of party is it going to be?
Oh, one other question: is the test police do for THC in the blood a true measure of whether or not you are actually impaired, or does THC linger in the blood long after you are no longer high?