The answer is no. When Initiative 502 goes into effect Dec. 6 it will not be legal to smoke marijuana in the park. You won’t be able to light a joint in a bar or a restaurant or outside the school. You won’t be allowed to smoke and drive or drive while smoking marijuana. The law will change. What was once illegal will not be, but real-world societal norms that govern and restrict marijuana use won’t be so much different.
This is in response to a reader question asking for clarification on what the rules will be, once possession of small amounts of marijuana becomes legal, under state law at least. Most answers are in the initiative, and like any new law subject to future clarification.