What you need to know about recreational cannabis
What you need to know about recreational cannabis.
On July 8, 2014, recreational marijuana sales began after the passage of Washington State Initiative 502. This means it is legal for anyone 21 and older to purchase and use cannabis products in Washington state. There are still regulations surrounding cannabis—below, what you need to know to safely and legally use cannabis while in Washington.
First, to purchase or use cannabis products, you must be 21 or older. When purchasing products, a valid government-issued ID is required. There are limits to how much marijuana an individual may possess: one ounce of usable (dried) marijuana; seven grams of marijuana concentrate or extract for inhalation; 16 ounces of infused products (edibles and topicals) in solid form and 72 ounces of infused products in liquid form. It is also legal to have marijuana-related paraphernalia such as pipes.
When consuming marijuana, remember that it is illegal to consume it in public. If you’d like to consume in your hotel room, check with the hotel first to see if smoking is allowed—there are state regulations regarding smoking (of marijuana or tobacco) in places of employment and within 25 feet of entrances, exists, open windows and ventilation intakes.
Because marijuana is still illegal under federal law, do not bring anything onto federal property like national parks, ports, airports or government buildings. You also cannot cross state lines while in possession of cannabis products. And remember: don’t drive under the influence. Washington state’s DUI limit is 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood.
So what will you find when going into a retail cannabis store? First, stores are not allowed to display marijuana or related products where the general public can see them. You also won’t find anything but marijuana and related products in the retail stores. The staff on hand, often called “budtenders,” can help you decide which products to buy, depending on the kind of high you’re looking for. Also, have cash on hand—some spots only accept cash for payment. Retail stores generally carry a wide variety of cannabis flowers, extracts, edibles, topicals and paraphernalia like pipes and rolling papers. Prices vary depending on the strain quality and availability—typically anywhere from $7 to $16 a gram. ( There are 28 grams in one ounce, the amount that can be legally purchased at a time.)