Washington Marijuana Laws

Washington Marijuana Laws

In Washington, marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use.

The adult possession, in private, of 1 oz or less of cannabis for personal use carries no criminal or civil penalty. Public consumption of cannabis of 1 oz or less of cannabis is punishable by a civil penalty. Possession of 1 oz–40 g of cannabis is a misdemeanor, possession of larger quantities of cannabis is a felony.

Possession of up to 16 oz of marijuana-infused product(s) in solid form, up to 72 oz of marijuana-infused product(s) in liquid form and up to 7 grams of marijuana concentrate also carries no criminal or civil penalty.

Possession of any amount of cannabis with intent to distribute is a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Marijuana sales allowed for licensed entities. Cultivation of marijuana is a felony regardless of the purpose.

Washington Medical Marijuana Laws

Registered medical marijuana patients may possess up to 3 oz of usable marijuana, cultivate up to 6 plants and possess up to 8 oz of usable marijuana from own plants.

Researchers see positive policing changes after cannabis legalization
Marijuana arrest rates were already on the decline but plummeted after Colorado and Washington authorized retail sales late in 2012. Credit: David Makin, Washington State University
Jul 24, 2018 12:18 PM
Washington State to Establish New Rules for Weed-Related Billboards
Washington state authorities are currently looking to prohibit roadside marijuana billboards that contain pictures of cannabis plants, cuddly mascots, and some other images they fear may attract the attention of kids.
May 4, 2017 12:20 PM
What States Allow Recreational Marijuana Use in Public Places?
Alaska has recently rejected an initiative that would allow the use of marijuana at retail pot stores. What states with recreational cannabis are more tolerant to the public consumption of weed? Here is a list of states that legalized the recreational use of marijuana and their positions toward pot use in public spaces.
Mar 9, 2017 12:30 PM
Why Is Virtual Currency Not Suitable for Washington Weed Business?
Washington state is going to prohibit virtual transactions for marijuana companies. The main argument for this is that virtual currency is not transparent enough for the state lawmakers.
Feb 6, 2017 12:20 PM
Washington to Change Cannabis Penalties
​Changing the laws and measures that regulate the cannabis industry has recently become a number one question in many states, and Washington state is not an exception to the rule. The legislation to change the penalties for transferring and possessing certain amounts of cannabis has been recently filed in the state.
Jan 30, 2017 12:20 PM
Legal Marijuana Is Hurting Beer Business
Beer sales are shrinking in the states where marijuana was legalized for recreational use.
Dec 16, 2016 12:05 PM
Washington Will Test Pot for Pesticides More Regularly
Two years after Washington state legalized cannabis, the officials decide to focus not only on the legality of sales but also on the quality of weed on the official market.
Sep 25, 2016 9:35 AM
Marijuana Card Holders Not Allowed to Purchase Guns. Is It Fair?
If you are a licensed marijuana user, nobody will sell you a firearm, as it is prohibited by the federal ban. You might argue that it is a breach of the American human rights, but judicial authorities have an opposite point of view.
Sep 7, 2016 9:15 AM
Marijuana Legalization Does Not Affect Teens’ Exposure to Drugs
The legalization of recreational marijuana use in Washington state caused concerns about the use of the plant among adolescents. It was believed that the enactment of this law can increase underage access to weed.
May 19, 2016 9:15 AM