Recreational 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 Control Board (WSLCB) to develop a process for regulating the production, processing, selling and delivery of recreational marijuana. We worked with the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) to ensure compliance with I-502.

About this Site

This site is intended to provide only an overview of recreational 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, or provide information about medical marijuana regulations.

The Facts About Legal Marijuana in Washington

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Age Limit
Only adults 21 and older can purchase and possess recreational marijuana.

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Stores
You can legally purchase recreational marijuana only at state-licensed retail stores. You must have a valid photo ID and no one under 21 is allowed on the retail premises.

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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.
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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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Driving
It is illegal to drive high. See RCW 46.61.502.

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Travel
It is illegal to take marijuana outside of Washington state.