Local authorities prepare for marijuana legalization starting Thursday

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by KREM.com & Ashley Korslien

KREM.com

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 7:20 PM

SPOKANE -- Marijuana will be legalized on Thursday in Washington State, and now local law enforcement agencies are figuring out how to handle the change.

Authorities will no longer be able to arrest people for misdemeanor possession, after Washington voters lapproved I-502 in November.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said his agency will not be doing much different starting Thursday.

He said deputies will receive extra training so they will be able to recognize when drivers are under the influence of marijuana.

Drivers suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana will be asked to take a blood test. The agency is trying to figure out who will administer the blood tests.

State licensers will have until December 2013 to figure out marijuana sales will be regulated.

Possessing marijuana is still illegal in the eyes of the Federal government.

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