Weed consumption may be legal for adults in Washington, but a newly inked law says cruising around with open containers of the good-good is a no-no.
As of September 26, anyone that wants to transport their stash (including marijuana-infused foodstuffs) while operating a motor vehicle will need to have it contained either in the vehicle’s trunk or, according to the legislation’s language, “some other area of the vehicle not normally occupied or directly accessible by the driver or passengers if the vehicle does not have a trunk.”
The condition in question was added to House Bill 1267, which also deals with additional provisions regarding driving while impaired via drugs or alcohol.
Another no-no covered in the bill says it’s illegal to puff the sticky stuff while either driving or riding in any means of transportation.
So much for reenacting the scene from Cheech & Chong’s movie “Up In Smoke” where they toke down the dog turd doobie, right?
Shelly Baldwin, spokeswoman for the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), which is the organization that pressed for the changes to be made, claims that the WTSC is “really trying to separate using marijuana from driving, just like we do with alcohol.”
Now, if they would just back those types of decisions up with some scientific data it would be a lot easier for the populace of Washington to acknowledge.
Maybe they’ll get it together someday.