Smoke and Political Mirrors: Policing Marijuana in Washington State
Department or Administrative Unit
Law and Justice
At present, 16 states have enacted laws to legalize marijuana (ProCon.org, 2011). One of the early states to do so was Washington. There is a conflict between federal and law state concerning the possession and distribution of marijuana. In addition, large scale marijuana dispensaries have evolved that may exceed state law standards and are certainly illegal according to the federal government. The present study examines how this plays out in the state of Washington and the problems associated with enforcement of marijuana laws.
Olivero, J.M. (2012). Smoke and Political Mirrors: Policing Marijuana in Washington State. Police Forum, 21(3), 5-13.