Medical Marijuana in Washington State

Along with Colorado, the state of Washington has passed legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. It is now legal to sell, grow and use pot in the state of Washington. You can possess and use marijuana (up to 1 ounce) in private but not in public. The latest statutes cover the issues of growing, processing and sales of marijuana. License applications for any of the three areas are open for 30 days. Extensive background checks will be done on those who apply for any type of license in relation. This will help to deter those who are involved in interstate or international drug trafficking from operating a legal business in Washington. Guidelines are in place for those with criminal backgrounds for drug convictions. Similar to the laws of Colorado, “seed to product” regulations to increase public safety and control marijuana cultivation are implemented to ensure constant monitoring of growing conditions of each plant. Surveillance is mandated to ensure these rules are followed by growers.

Facts about Pot Sales in WA

  • Taxes generated by marijuana sales will implement and enhance school and youth activities. Advertising will not be permitted near venues where children are present.
  • The state will regulate the number of stores allowed in each county and city area.
  • State employees are banned from growing and/or selling pot legally.
  • DUI-type of programs will be enforced for those who drive under the influence.
  • Testing will be conducted to ensure product consistency and potency. This information will be included on packaging labels to inform consumers.

Medical Marijuana in WA

Patients with approved medical conditions (including: cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, muscle spasms, severe pain and/or nausea, and any disease causing nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss or cramping) need to apply for medical marijuana authorization which is good for one year and renewable. Approved patients or caregivers may possess of up to 15 plants, any size is legal, along with possessing up to 24 ounces of pot per patient. updated: August 2013