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Commonly-Asked Questions About Pot Smoking in Washington

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Oct 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Marijuana Laws in Washington State
Now that its legal to purchase, possess, and consume marijuana in Washington, people are inquiring about whether they are permitted to have or smoke pot in various situations. Here are answers to some of the most frequently-asked marijuana-related questions (these answers are not legal advice as there is no substitute for specific legal advice from a specific attorney.)

1. Can I smoke pot on the patio, balcony, or deck of my apartment or house? People who smoke marijuana on their outdoor property will not be subject to a ticket. However, it is possible that a person smoking on an apartment balcony could be contacted by police if a neighbor complains about the odor (but even then, no citation will generally be written).

2. Can I smoke pot in my hotel room?

It depends on the hotel. Hospitality businesses can set their own rules regarding permission to smoke pot in a room. Obviously, this cannot be done in a regular non-smoking unit. The Washington Lodging Association states that there aren't any particular policies regarding this issue, although many hotel owners say they would take action if another guest complained about the smell.  And for those frequent flyers of the King County Jail, more commonly referred to as Hotel King County, no drugs allowed.

3. Can I carry pot at Sea-Tac Airport?

Yes, but it's kind of pointless. You cannot smoke it on airport grounds, nor can you carry it onto an aircraft or pack it inside your luggage. So the situations are limited when this would apply - except perhaps if you're just dropping someone off inside the airport or are a homeless person trying to use a warm bathroom.

4. Can I carry pot on a train or boat?

No. Amtrak is regulated by the federal government, so pot is still illegal on its trains. And since all navigable waterways fall under the auspices of the U.S. Coast Guard, federal law applies on all watercraft as well.

5. Can I carry pot on the ski slopes?

Not in Washington. Since all of the ski resorts in the state operate on U.S. Forest Service land, federal laws are in force. So both smoking and carrying pot in ski areas are prohibited.

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