Marijuana and the Law: What you can (and cannot) legally do

Initiative 502 legalized marijuana use for adults in December 2012. However there are still a number of restrictions, just as for liquor usage. It is important for you to be aware of the following laws:

  • Age Limit – Only adults age 21 and older can purchase, possess, and use marijuana.
  • Purchase Limits – Adults age 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable marijuana (the harvested flowers, or “bud”), 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and 7 grams of marijuana concentrates.
  • Buying and Selling – Marijuana can only be sold and purchased at state-licensed retail stores. A valid photo ID is required, and no one under 21 is allowed on the retail premises. Many retail marijuana stores only accept cash.
  • Public Use – It is illegal to consume marijuana in view of the public (just as for liquor).
  • Driving – It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana if you have more than 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. Doing so may result in a DUI marijuana arrest and significant legal penalties.
  • Travel – It is illegal to take marijuana outside of Washington. Doing so may result in significant legal penalties in states and countries where marijuana has not been legalized.

Call Lynnwood DUI / criminal defense lawyer Paul Hanson for more information. Call 425-778-7339