Feds Still Outlaw Weed on Federal Lands
Law enforcement officers at national parks and forests in the state of Washington are reminding visitors that the use of marijuana for recreational purposes is illegal on federal lands.
The recently passed state law, which allows recreational marijuana use, has no bearing on federal laws, which continue to identify marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug and prohibit its use, Donna Nemeth, a spokeswoman at Olympic National Forest, told The Olympian, Olympia, Wash.
“Mount Rainier National Park, as do all National Park Service areas under federal jurisdiction, has the exact same regulations regarding marijuana possession and use that Olympic does,” said Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier.
Possession of marijuana or use of any amount of marijuana is still prohibited on all national forest and park lands and at all such facilities. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
Federal officials wanted to issue the reminder because of the change in Washington’s laws legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and stories such as the recent seizure of 40 marijuana plants from a Seattle park.
Seattle police seized 40-45 marijuana plants March 2 from the 9-acre Landover Woods Greenspace, on the Shoreline border. But the police don’t plan to investigate further because pot enforcement is a “low, low, low priority,” according to an Associated Press story.