Bremerton-area state troopers are targeting motorists with open containers of marijuana in vehicles.
Washington State Patrol troopers assigned to District 8 in Bremerton are targeting motorists who violate the marijuana-in-vehicles law.
The new law makes it illegal to consume or carry open containers of marijuana or marijuana-infused products in vehicles on a highway. District 8 covers Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties.
“Open” means the original package, container or receptacle containing the marijuana has been opened and had the seal broken or contents partially removed.
Motorists can legally carry opened marijuana and infused products only in the trunk of their vehicle or areas not normally occupied or directly accessible by drivers or passengers. Violation of the law is considered a traffic infraction and carries a $136 fine.
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The law went into effect on Sept. 26, and troopers report they are seeing the violation more often.
Sgt. Scott Gordon, based in Bremerton, said, “My troopers are seeing the violations and are currently taking an educational stance … ” but cautions tickets are possible at any point.