The Evergreen State is certainly one of, if not the most, marijuana friendly areas of the country. Medicinal cannabis has been legal since 1998 and recreational use was approved on Nov. 3, 2012.
The general attitude towards the herb is very relaxed, especially in the Seattle area. During the annual celebration Hempfest, which takes place each August, you will see the Seattle Police cruising around on bicycles handing out munchies with guidelines for staying out of trouble.
Initiative 502 allows for the cultivation and recreational use of weed. Legal stores have been cropping up in the area and you can use this list to find an approved Retail Store near you. Shop at one of these stores to make sure your purchases are legal or examine the packaging of your pot products. Each legal item will be clearly labeled with the total THC contents.
There are limits to how much ganja you can buy and possess at one time. You can only hold one ounce of a flower (28 grams), 7 grams of extract for inhalation, or 16 ounces of infused product in solid form or 72 oz in beverage form for both edibles and topicals.
You can also be arrested and convicted of a DUI, so stay out from behind the wheel if you have partaken. Washington has a legal limit of 5 Nanograms/mL of blood and it applies in a similar fashion to the .08 Blood Alcohol Content test. There is a great public transit system in Seattle or you can call an Uber/Lyft. Transporting weed across state lines is also illegal and strongly discouraged.
Here is a list of qualified lawyers if you do find yourself in need of help regarding a DUI: Washington
The best advice for canna-tourists is discretion. It’s best to keep your hemp use out of public areas, but if you do smoke out in the open, use a vape pen.
Is Marijuana legal in Washington?
Yes, and you only need to be over the age of 21 to purchase or have a medical marijuana card from a licensed doctor. (These are for WA residents only)
Can I get my Medical Card if I am not a Washington Resident?
Unfortunately no, but you can in Oregon!
What do you need to purchase cannabis in a licensed marijuana shop?
Any valid form of government-issued identification proving that you are over the age of 21.
What types of marijuana will the stores sell?
You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. They all have different effects so be sure to ask the bud tender what you are getting. Strong Sativas are known for their general uplifting energizing and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Stores will also sell:
- Concentrates-Essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: These can be very potent!
- Edibles-Cannabis infused foods. Warning: These can be very potent!
- Topicals-Creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis.
How much will it cost?
Legal marijuana in the state of Washington is going to be expensive, between $15 and $30 a gram. Blame the government though Washington has put in place an extremely expensive tax system that charges a 25% excise taxes each step of the way from producer to processor to retailer, and an additional sales tax of 9.5% to the consumer.
Where can I buy it?
Although you cannot buy cannabis at gas stations yet, you can buy it at any state licensed store. For a list and map of current locations check out our Retail Shop Guide! You cannot buy it from Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.
How much marijuana can I buy?
The state law has capped the legal amount you can purchase and possess at any one time depending on the type of product:
Flower-One Ounce (28 Grams)
Extracts and Concentrates – 7 grams of extract for inhalation
Edibles- 16 oz of infused product in edible form or 72 oz in beverage form
Topicals- 16 oz of infused topical product in solid form or 72 oz in liquid form
Can I take marijuana home if I live in another state or country?
NO, unless you live in Oregon and you are an Oregon medical marijuana card holder, but even that is questionable due to interstate commerce laws.
Where can I consume my recent purchase?
Legally you can only consume in private or you risk a civil penalty of $100. In Seattle the city has only placed a $27 fine on public consumption, similar to a parking ticket. At many events here in Washington you will see citizens openly consuming in public as a form of civil disobedience. This happens all the time in Seattle especially during Hempfest weekend.
We do not recommend breaking the law, but by just walking around in downtown Seattle you will most likely see someone violating the public consumption law, and Seattle PD has placed marijuana violations as one of their lowest priorities.
Someone is offering me a Dab, what should I do?
Dabs are often compared to the hard liquor of the cannabis world, and can be found in many forms going by even more names. Dabs are the essential oils and waxes of the cannabis plant extracted and concentrated into a potent form. They are known for their high concentration of THC. If you are not a regular cannabis consumer with a high tolerance, we recommend using extreme caution.
It is also important to know what is in the essential oil being offered or sold, and if it is safe. Many extracts may not have been purged correctly, and may contain residual amounts of butane or other solvents. CO2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because it is typically extracted by super critical extraction machines using CO2 as the only solvent.
Are the topical going to get me stoned?
No, to our knowledge topicals do not have a psychoactive affect. Do not confuse topicals with transdermal patches though.
Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.