Washington Marijuana Laws
Medical Marijuana in Washington
A quick list of conditions that qualify an individual to become a medical marijuana patient in the state of Washington include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
- Spasticity disorders
- Intractable pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Diseases, including anorexia, which result in nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, or spasticity
For a full list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Washington state legislature regarding medical cannabis.
Recreational Marijuana in Washington
How much pot can I possess in Washington State?
If you are 21 years of age or older in Washington State, you will not be prosecuted under state law for the possession or use of
- One ounce of useable marijuana
- Marijuana-related paraphernalia
- 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product
- 72 ounces of liquid marijuana-infused product
What is “useable marijuana”?
According to I-502, “usable marijuana” refers to the dried marijuana flowers.
Vaporizers, also referred to as vape pens or vapor inhalers, have become popular “smokeless” ways to consume marijuana, but still require “useable marijuana”.
What is a “marijuana-infused product”?
According to I-502, these are “products that contain marijuana or marijuana extracts and are intended for human use”. This could include things that you eat or drink, like baked goods, candy, or sodas. The Washington State Liquor Control Board maintains a list of the weed-infused products that are currently approved.
What remains illegal in Washington State, both now and in the future?
Even after I-502 is fully implemented, the following will continue to be illegal under the Washington State recreational marijuana law:
- Possession of amounts above the defined limit
- Possession by a person under the age of 21 years
- Use in view of the general public, including the opening and/or consumption of a marijuana-infused product
- Transportation of marijuana products to another state
- Driving under the influence of marijuana
- Production or sale without a state license
Washington State visitors should be aware that pot use and possession remains a criminal act on federal lands, which includes the national parks and national forests. Tribal lands will also enforce their own policies regarding marijuana use and possession. Some cities have also chosen to outlaw pot-related businesses within their boundaries, so retail marijuana stores might not be readily available in some communities.