Know the Law

Initiative 502 legalized cannabis use for adults however there are still a number of restrictions. It is important for you to be aware of the following laws: 

  • Age Limit – Only adults age 21 and older can purchase and possess cannabis.
  • Purchase Limits – Adults age 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of useable cannabis (the harvested flowers, or “bud”), 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.
  • Buying and Selling – Cannabis can only be sold and purchased at state-licensed retail stores. A valid photo ID is required, and no one under 21 is allowed on the retail premises. Many retail cannabis stores only accept cash.
  • Public Use – It is illegal to consume cannabis in view of the public.
  • Driving – It is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis if you have more than 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. Doing so may result in significant legal penalties.
  • Travel – It is illegal to take cannabis outside of Washington. Doing so may result in significant legal penalties.



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