While it might be legal to carry amounts of marijuana and marijuana products on your person, your person still can't go outside and smoke all willy-nilly. There is still a lot of gray area when it comes to where you can smoke as well as places where it's not so gray, such as federal land or universities with federal pell grant students.
So is it only a matter of time before someone finds a way to open a cafe where people can gather and smoke weed without the need for a medical marijuana card? NORML is working on it.
The Washington Chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) is testing the waters on what they describe as an "Elks Lodge of cannabis." The idea would be for a members-only club that would allow people to gather and smoke weed outside of their home. The club would not be able to sell marijuana or marijuana products.
The big stumbling blocks standing in the way of such a place are Washington's ban on indoor-smoking. Members wouldn't be allowed to smoke in view of the public and the law is still unclear as to whether or not an exposed roof building would satisfy all parties. The indoor smoking ban also affects a business's ability to hire employees, who ingest the second-hand smoke.
All of this also assumes that marijuana would fall under the indoor-smoking ban the same way cigarettes do. Suffice to say, there's a ways to go on the possibility. Marijuana smokers will have to exhibit a little bit more patience before it becomes a reality, but then again, they're used to doing that.
Would an 'Elks Lodge of cannabis' be OK? [Seattle Times]