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Marijuana Legalization in Washington State-
What Visitors to Washington State Need to Know

In December 2012, Washington passed Initiative 502 (I-502), a law which allows adults over the age of 21 to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana infused products in solid form, 72 ounces of marijuana infused oils or up to seven grams of marijuana extract or concentrate,  of for recreational use.  The Washington State Liquor Control Board  (WSLCB) is the governing body and its I-502 website is should be considered the official resource for the law.

What do I need to know about I-502?
• Marijuana purchases need to be made in Washington State approved retail stores. The location of these can be found on the WSLBC website.

• The law states that it is illegal to open a package containing marijuana or marijuana product, or smoke marijuana in public. This includes but is not limited to parks and sidewalks, business and residential areas and federal and public lands.

• It is also illegal to smoke marijuana in other locations where smoking is illegal, including bars, restaurants, buildings open to the public, places of employment and areas within 25 feet of doors and ventilation openings.

• The majority of Seattle’s hotels are smoke-free. Seventy-five percent of Washington State’s hotels are non-smoking so it is recommend that you check with your hotel before smoking marijuana in a hotel room.


• Washington State’s DUI laws apply to driving under the influence of marijuana. An adult driver with 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood will be charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

What else should I know?
The manufacture, sales and possession of marijuana is still a federal offense. This means that marijuana purchased in Washington State must be consumed within the state’s boundaries. It is illegal to take it across state borders or into Canada.

• It is also illegal to take it on a cruise ship or onto federal land, which includes but is not limited to the Olympic National Park, and Cascade National Park, including the state’s ski areas. Any navigable waterway is patrolled and enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard and therefore being in possession of marijuana would be illegal.


*Source: Washington State Liquor Control Board


 

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