SEATTLE — Stephen Damgaard uses medical marijuana for nerve damage in his spine, eating a small brownie made with cannabutter each morning. The weed in the butter comes from one of Seattle’s many medical dispensaries — an untaxed and illegal medical pot shop that up until now has been tolerated by authorities. But almost everything about marijuana in Washington is about to change, as the state moves to
Marijuana prohibition is entering its 78th year. Colorado’s marijuana law went into effect at the beginning of last year in the wake of changing attitudes. Compared to 1969, when only 12% supported legalizing pot, today a majority of Americans support some form of marijuana legalization. It is legal to purchase marijuana in four states – Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington – as well as in the District of Columbia.