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Page C-18 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 Still unlawful on federal lands, reservations he legalization of uana use in Washington doesn't mean you can fire up a joint on the Skokomish Indian reserva- tion, on the Staircase trail or in the Dosewallips camp- ground. Marijuana possession and use remains illegal on federal lands, which in Mason County includes immense stretches of Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. It can also get you arrested on Indian reservations, including the two in Mason County, the Skokomish and Squaxin Is- land Tribe reservations. Under the tribal laws, mar- ijuana is categorized as an il- legal substance alongside her- oin, morphine, cocaine, hallu- cinogens such as peyote and LSD, and depressants that are not prescribed. Any person who possesses for personal use, or grows or manufactures for personal use, any of those substances is guilty of a gross misdemeanor, according to the tribal ordi- nance. Any person who grows, manufactures, delivers or pos- sesses marijuana is guilty of a felony. Lands in Mason County that retain federal marijuana laws include Olympic Nation- al Forest, which covers more Journal photo by Gordon Weeks It's illegal to possess marijuana on federal lands, including Olympic National Park, shown here at the entrance to the Staircase trail next to Lake Cushman in Mason County. By GORDON than 633,000 acres in two dis- tricts, Hood Canal and Pacific; and Olympic National Park. "Marijuana has been il- legal on federal lands, and continues to be," said Rainey McKenna, spokeswoman for Olympic National Park. Visitors charged with pos- session of marijuana in the park are charged with a fed- eral misdemeanor, punishable up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine, McKenna said. People cited in the park must make a mandatory ap- pearance in federal district court in Tacoma, she said. In 2013, 62 cases of drug citations were issued in Olym- pic National Park -- one case could mean more than one al- leged offender, McKenna said. That includes all drugs, in- cluding marijuana, she said. MORE VISITORS Between January and mid-August, 58 cases were reported, McKenna said. She attributes the increase in drug cases to the large number of visitors. "Marijuana has been illegal on federal lands, and continues to be." Rainey McKenna, Olympic National Park spokeswoman "We're having one of our busiest seasons in years," she said. Of course, marijuana laws change as you cross the bor- ders into surrounding states and countries. In Oregon, possession of less than i ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a pos- sible $650 fine. Possession of more than 1 ounce can be a more seri- ous crime if it occurs within 1,000 feet of a school. Posses- sion of more than I ounce, but less than 4 ounces, is class B misdemeanor; possession of more than 4 ounces is a class B felony. In Idaho, a person charged with possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana faces a possible year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. In Canada, a person convict- ed of possession of 30 grams or less faces a maximum fine of $1,000 or six months in jail, or both. ! ]Hi ! Ill ...... ],[f ~|ii|l~]l|ll|t;||Bi~||ll~l|i HI | )~i F~!|!l|III ~] I [illi )ltli i]il:l| I li t[ i| I ]] )1 I[ll] : ~, ~: ] ~u|~[:um~[I]li~lm|a~l]m ,~]m