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What Are the Marijuana Laws in Washington State?

Last updated: Wednesday, 30, September 2020

Both recreational and medical marijuana is legal in the state of Washington, and anyone over the age of 21 can legally purchase marijuana in the state. However, some jurisdictions within the state have banned dispensaries within their city limits. Someone of legal age can purchase up to an ounce of cannabis flower at a time. It is against the law to use marijuana in any public place. This means you cannot smoke marijuana on a sidewalk, in a federal park, public place, or private property that is close to a public space. Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal within the state.

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To be considered under the influence of marijuana, you will need to have at least five nanograms per milliliter of THC in your bloodstream. As a driver in Washington, you are automatically giving your consent for drug testing. If you refuse the test, you can still face fines and even jail time. To purchase marijuana in Washington you need to be at least 21 years old. If a minor is caught consuming marijuana, they could incur fines, suspension of driver licenses, or drug rehab. Along with this, minors are not allowed in the dispensaries. Marijuana use among minors within the state is a problem that many minors struggle with.

If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, it is important to attend some type of drug treatment program. Throughout the state of Washington are teen drug treatment services to help youth who are addicted to marijuana and other drugs. These treatment options operate through both inpatient and outpatient programs. Depending on the severity of the addiction, the length of time needed is important to consider. Marijuana abuse does tend to lead to other types of addiction, and marijuana use at a young age does have a greater effect physically and mentally.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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