Since legalization, many entrepreneurs have moved into the state seeking to start businesses in the burgeoning marijuana industry. Individuals interested in producing, distributing, or selling marijuana products in Washington State are subject to strict controls, the details of which are available through the Washington State Liquor Control Board website.
On the other hand, marijuana-infused products (both solid and liquid) are defined by I-502 as “products that contain marijuana or marijuana extracts and are intended for human use.” This could include things that you eat or drink, like baked goods, candy, or sodas. The Washington State Liquor Control Board maintains a list of the weed-infused products that are currently approved.
A few licensed retail marijuana shops are now open for business, with more opening all the time. These shops are devoted only to marijuana and marijuana products and will not sell anything else, but cannabis sampling or consumption is not allowed on the premises. Liquor stores, convenience stores, and other existing businesses will not be allowed to add pot products to their offerings.
Fortunately, there are some resources where you can gain some insight into the many complicated issues. For instance, the Seattle Police Department put out and routinely updates a “practical guide” to what you currently can and cannot do as I-502 is being implemented called “Marijwhatnow?”.
Even after I-502 has fully been implemented, the following will continue to be illegal under the Washington State recreational marijuana law:
According to I-502, “usable marijuana” refers to the dried marijuana flowers. Vaporizers also referred to as vape pens or vapor inhalers, have become popular “smokeless” ways to consume marijuana but still require “useable marijuana.”
Keep in mind that in order to legally consume marijuana, you must be at least 21 years old. Here are some things Washington State visitors should know to stay on the right side of state law regarding recreational marijuana.
If you are 21 years of age or older in Washington State, you will not be prosecuted under state law for the possession or use of:
When it comes to keeping track of your quantities, keep in mind that “usable marijuana,” “marijuana-infused product,” and “marijuana concentrate are all separate things.
Whether you're a weed tourist or just curious about the legality of pot in the state, this guide will help you understand marijuana laws in Washington.