MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATUS: Legal since 1998
- Crohn's disease
- Hepatitis C
- HIV or AIDS
- Intractable pain
- Persistent muscle spasms, and/or spasticity
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Any "terminal or debilitating condition"
Patient Possession Limits
Those entered in the state's voluntary patient database may possess: 48 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form; 3 ounces of useable marijuana; 216 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form; or 21 grams of marijuana concentrates.
Those entered in the state's voluntary patient database may cultivate, in his or her domicile, up to 6 plants for the personal medical use and possess up to 8 ounces of useable marijuana produced from his or her plants. If the health care professional determines that the medical needs of a qualifying patient exceed the amounts provided, the health care professional may specify on the authorization that it is recommended that the patient be allowed to grow, in his or her domicile, up to 15 plants, yielding up to 16 ounces, of usable marijuana for the personal medical use of the patient. Qualified medical marijuana patients and designated providers may purchase immature plants, clones, or seeds from a licensed producer. In order to purchase plants or clones the patients and providers must hold a recognition card and be entered in the medical marijuana authorization database.
If a qualifying patient has not been entered into the medical marijuana authorization database, he/she may grow, in his or her domicile, up to 4 plants for the personal medical use of the qualifying patient and 6 possess up to six ounces of useable marijuana in his or her domicile.
Yes, designated provider is a person who has been designated in writing by a patient to serve as a designated provider. The caregiver must be 21 years of age or older. The provider must also possess either authorization from the qualifying patient's health care professional or has been entered into an authorized database. The provider must only provide cannabis to the expressed patient.
Not at this time.
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA STATUS: Legal since 2012
Possession for Personal Use
The adult possession, in private, of up to one ounce of cannabis for personal use (as well as the possession of up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form) is not subject to criminal or civil penalty. The public consumption of marijuana is subject to a civil violation and fine. Any consumption of cannabis while one is in a moving vehicle is defined as a traffic infraction. Traffic safety laws further require that the possession of cannabis in a moving vehicle must be located in a sealed container in either the trunk, glove compartment, or some other area that is inaccessible to the driver or passengers.
Sale or Distribution
Retail sales of cannabis by state-licensed entities to those over the age of 21 are regulated in this state. Marijuana sales by unlicensed entities remain subject to criminal penalties.
Cultivation for either personal use or distribution is a class C felony punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000. An additional mandatory fine of $1,000 applies to first offenses and $2,000 to second or subsequent offenses.
Hash & Concentrates
Washington's definition of marijuana includes "all parts of the plant Cannabis," including "the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds or resin." Under this definition hashish or concentrates, which are compounds made from the resin of the plant, would be considered marijuana.
Advertisement of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor punishable by a mandatory minimum of 24 hours and maximum of 90 days in jail and a fine of not more than $1,000.
Hemp: Legal since 2016
SB 6206 authorized "the growing of industrial hemp as a legal agricultural activity" in accordance with federal legislation permitting such activity as part of a state-authorized program. HB 2064 further removed industrial hemp from WA's State Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and was signed by the Governor on 4/27/17. SB 5131 was an omnibus marijuana bill, but included two impactful industrial hemp provisions at New Sections 9 & 10. The Governor signed it on 5/16/17.