How well do you know the Washington State Marijuana Laws? It’s important to be safe and avoid any criminal prosecution, so let’s review the laws pertaining to legalized marijuana.
Washington State Marijuana Laws
1. It is legal for any individual of the age of 21 or older to buy marijuana from a licensed recreational marijuana retail store. Individuals 21 years and older may legally possess and use:
- 1 once of marijuana bud/flower,
- or 7 grams of marijuana concentrate/extract for inhalation,
- or 16 ounces of marijuana infused product in solid form,
- or 72 ounces of marijuana infused product in liquid form
- marijuana related drug paraphernalia
2. It is illegal to possess more marijuana than what is listed above and it is illegal to possess any form of marijuana or drug paraphernalia if an individual is under 21 years old.
- FUN FACT – Washington State recreational marijuana sales to the public began July, 8 2014.
3. Growing marijuana at home for recreational use or to sell is illegal. Individuals must purchase marijuana from a licensed recreational retail store.
- FUN FACT – According to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board, the marijuana industry generated over $64 million dollars in tax revenue during its first fiscal year.
4. Marijuana purchased in Washington State must be consumed in Washington State, it is illegal to transport marijuana to other states.
5. Individuals from other states are allowed to purchase marijuana in Washington State as long as they are 21 or older and they must consume the product in Washington State, they cannot take it back to their home state.
6. Purchased marijuana products cannot be consumed in the retail store, it is illegal. This includes concentrates, edibles, and the bud/flower.
7. It is illegal to open and/or consume any type of marijuana products in the view of the general public. If law enforcement see’s an individual opening and/or consuming any type of marijuana product in public, that officer is first required to give the offender a verbal warning. It the individual does not abide by the officer’s warning, the officer will then issue a $27.00 fine.
8. It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. There is a per se DUI limit of “delta-9” THC levels at greater than or equal to 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood (5 ng/mL). If an individual is driving under the influence of marijuana they could be charged with DUI. A marijuana DUI is treated the same as an alcohol related DUI. State and local law enforcement agencies are tasked with enforcing the DUI limit.
If you have any further questions about Washington State marijuana laws, DUI marijuana laws, or if you have been charged with a marijuana DUI, the attorneys at David O Defense are here to help. Give us a call, 206-459-6392, today.