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Packets of a variety of recreational marijuana named "Space Needle" are shown during packaging operations at Sea of Green Farms in Seattle on July 1. / Ted S. Warren, AP

While Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana for adults, don't consider it a free-for all. Regulators have crafted rules that keep people buying their pot from special stores and paying taxes, and keeping marijuana out of the hands of kids. However, here is how legal pot can still get you in trouble.

1. Open containers in cars are a no-no. Just like open containers of alcohol are illegal, it's also illegal to have an open container of marijuana in your vehicle. Police say they've seen a significant increase in the number of drivers caught with open containers of pot, which is sold sealed from retail stores.

2. No, you can't get pot delivered. Police say that despite all those Craigslist ads, recreational marijuana delivery services are generally illegal. In Colorado, for instance, delivery services say they don't take payment - instead they "request" a donation from a posted price list. That's effectively paying, and is illegal, police say. The rules for medical marijuana, however, are different.

3. When it comes to edibles, watch your weight. Under federal law, a one-pound tray of pot brownies is equivalent to an actual pound of marijuana, even though the brownies contain far less marijuana. Both Colorado and Washington state permit people to possess up to one ounce of marijuana at a time, but Colorado limits tourists to buying 1/4 an ounce at a time. That being said, tourists are buying a LOT of marijuana in Colorado.

4. You can still get fired for using pot. Because marijuana remains federally illegal, your employer can fire you for using pot even on your own time. While Colorado has a law (the off-duty legal activities law) that says you can' t be fired for doing legal things on your own time, a state court ruled since marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, it's not a "lawful" activity. A pending appeal may help clarify things.

5. You can't use it while camping in federal lands, like in a national forest. Federal law applies there, so smoking pot remains a no-no. It's also illegal to use at ski areas that operate on leased federal land (most of them) or anywhere in public.



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