Marijuana Information

In November 2012, Washington state voters approved Initiative 502 (I-502), legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. I-502 also directed the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to develop a process for regulating the production, processing, selling and delivery of recreational marijuana. We worked with the WSLCB to ensure compliance with I-502.

About this Site

This site is intended to provide only an overview of marijuana rules in Washington and Seattle. You are responsible for understanding and following the law. This site is not intended to provide medical, health or legal advice.

The Facts About Legal Marijuana in Washington

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Age Limit
Only adults 21 and older can purchase and possess recreational marijuana. Persons between the ages of 18 and 21 years may be permitted upon licensed premises if they are a qualifying patient with an authorization or recognition card. More information can be found at Department of Health's medical marijuana page.

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You can legally purchase marijuana only at state-licensed retail stores.

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Recreational Purchase Limits
You can purchase up to:

  • 1 ounce of useable marijuana (the harvested flowers or "bud").
  • 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in solid form.
  • 72 ounces in liquid form.
  • 7 grams of marijuana concentrates.
For medical marijuana purchase limits, please review the Liquor & Cannabis Board's frequently asked questions to determine your limit.
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No Resale or Giveaways
It is a Class C felony for anyone but an I-502 licensee to sell or provide marijuana. See RCW 69.50.401.

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Public Use
It is illegal to consume marijuana in public view. See SMC 12A.20.100.

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It is illegal to drive high. See RCW 46.61.502.

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It is illegal to take marijuana outside of Washington state.