Fact #3: Nobody knows how this state/feds/potheads dynamic is going to play out.
The Department of Justice won't give a clear answer to the governors of Washington or Colorado (you may remember Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper from that Cheetos and Goldfish line) about whether they'll strictly prosecute marijuana users in those states. Meanwhile Washington's medical marijuana growers are getting ready for bigger things once their law goes into effect December 6th. Also apparently cannabis beer exists and that might go from "insanely popular idea" to "insanely popular drink ordered in bars". And since the legal situation's now too complicated for a person with a law degree to figure out, a lot of Washington prosecutors are backing out of handling any more marijuana cases.
Plus, the second-term Obama Administration might be more lenient on drug policy unless they continue their raids on pot growers like the DOJ said they will before the election even happened.
Some of Colorado's congresspeople are trying to resolve things with a bill exempting legal-weed states from the Controlled Substances Act. Yeah, awesome idea. A GOP-controlled House and a drug-bustin' President will totally just go with that. Great idea, you DC newbies.
So if you want to know what you can smoke now that two U.S. states are mad chill, the best answer is probably "just wait and see".
That's wise even if you live in Washington or Colorado, or if you're some kind of drug dealer (not that the law stopped you before, you hardass you).
The only thing we know for sure is that it's a progressive step. To supporters of legalization, it feels like the modern equivalent of Prohibition is finally ending.
But to other Americans, the ones who don't feel that marijuana is safer than alcohol and tobacco, these changes are scary and weird, the kind of thing that might awaken something strange in them
Regardless, I'm not a lawyer. I'm just a simple comedy writer who holds a Doctorate in GIFs. So don't do anything illegal, enjoy your weekend, and remember what's always been legal in every one of the 50 states. That's right: chili. Oh, and novelty hats. And cartoons. The Bill of Rights RULES, you guys.