Washington Recreational Marijuana Laws


In 2012, voters passed Initiative 502, also known as the Washington Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Initiative, which legalized the use and possession of cannabis for adults, as well as establish regulations for cultivation, production, and sale of adult-use marijuana. The following blog post is an overview of the cannabis laws in Washington. 

Who Can Consume Marijuana in Washington? 

Adults who are at least 21 years of age can use, possess, and purchase up to one ounce of cannabis, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and seven grams of marijuana concentrates (e.g., hash or wax). When an adult is in possession of over one ounce of marijuana or a minor is in possession of any amount, the offense is a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail term of 90 days and/or a fine of up to $1,000. 

Where Can You Consume Marijuana? 

You can consume openly in a residence, so long as the property owner allows such activity. Consuming cannabis in view of the public is a civil infraction, punishable by a fine worth $100. 

Can I Grow Marijuana? 

Cultivation of private property for personal use is against the law. On the other hand, medical marijuana patients can grow up to six plants and possess eight ounces of marijuana at home. However, patients may grow up to 15 plants if they obtain authorization from a health care provider. 

Can I Drive with Marijuana in My Possession? 

So long as the container is remains sealed and unopened, you may transport cannabis products in your vehicle. Keep in mind, driving while under the influence of marijuana is still illegal and getting arrested may result in being charged with a DUI. 

Can I Travel with Marijuana Outside of Washington? 

It is against the law to take cannabis outside of the state. Doing so could lead to federal criminal charges. 

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