Washington Marijuana FAQs
Washington is the second state in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes; it is also legal for medical use. Even though marijuana is legal in Washington, there are still laws regarding its use and driving or operating a vehicle under the influence can lead to a DUI charge. Learning more about the laws surrounding marijuana use here can help ensure you stay on the right side of the law and do not end up facing harsh penalties for misuse.
Below are some of the most common questions we hear from clients. We took the liberty of answering for you.
How can you legally buy marijuana in Washington?
If you are over 21 years of age and have a valid identification (from any US state or a passport), you can legally buy marijuana in the state. Some areas have outlawed dispensaries; you’ll need to find a location that allows you to purchase cannabis and related products. A dispensary will sell cannabis infused products and cannabis itself, along with lighters, pipes, papers and more.
Where can you use marijuana in Washington?
You can light up in most private places, including your own residence, but you can be fined if you smoke in a school zone, park or on public transportation.
Are there limits on how much you can buy for recreational use?
You can buy up to an ounce of cannabis in flower form at a time. Other limits on buying are outlined below:
- Concentrates: 7 grams
- Edibles: 16 ounces
- Liquids: 72 ounces
These buying limits are also the maximum amounts you can carry around or have with you at any given time. If you carry more than this, you could be charged with intent to distribute and face jail time or fines.
What about for medical use?
If you use medical marijuana and have a prescription for it, you may have up to 24 ounces at a time; you can also grow your own plants at home for personal use. You can have up to 15 plants if you have a prescription for medical marijuana from your doctor.
Can I use marijuana in public?
Washington has consumption laws that outline where cannabis product can be used. You can’t smoke it in a public place; it also can’t be used in a private setting that is close to a public place, if other people could detect the odor of the smoke. Your own home, a private club or a marijuana friendly hotel are all good places to light up.
Can I be charged with DUI if I use marijuana and drive?
If you drive and have at least 5 nanograms per milliliter of THC in your blood, you can be charged with DUI. You can be tested on the spot if you are pulled over – and if you refuse, you still face fines and penalties. The best way to avoid being charged with a DUI is to avoid smoking and driving entirely.
Can you transport marijuana?
You can legally buy marijuana in Washington, but you can’t take it out of the state. Crossing state lines with it is illegal; you can’t mail it out of the state either. Both the sender and the recipient can face penalties if marijuana is sent through the mail; these could include jail time and hefty fines. You may transport marijuana for your own personal use in the amount outlined above to get it from the dispensary to your home or other acceptable use location.
Can I grow my own marijuana?
You are not permitted to grow your own recreational marijuana in Washington. This restriction covers private individuals, processors and even dispensaries. A grow operation can face big fines and jail time. The only businesses allowed to legally grow marijuana are licensed by the state and deliver their harvest to official dispensaries.
Can minors use marijuana in Washington?
You must be at least 21 years old to buy or use marijuana in the state. A minor caught with marijuana faces fines, a stint in rehab and driver’s license suspension. In addition to not being able to purchase or use marijuana in the state, minors are not allowed to enter dispensaries in the state. The sole exception is minors who have a prescription for medical marijuana from their physician.
Can I be charged with a crime for using marijuana?
If you are using marijuana in your own home or another legal place, you can safely do so. If you travel with more than the stated amount, try to transport marijuana out of state, light up in a public place or drive under the influence, you could be charged. Fines and penalties vary and can have a lasting impact on your life.
Contact a Qualified Spokane Drug Crime Attorney
Learning more about the legal ways to use marijuana in the state allows you to light up without fear of legal reprisals. If you have been charged with a DUI or with possession of more than the allowed amount of marijuana, a DUI attorney can help. Contact us if you have been charged with one of these offenses; we’ll be able to rigorously defend you and ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your case.