Legal Standing of Cannabis for Washington

Washington Marijuana / Cannabis Medical Use Law: Legal

  • Initiative 692 (I-692 or the Medical Use of Marijuana Act): passed on 3 November 1998. 59% of Washington state residents voted in approval of this.
  • Any adult aged 21 or older can purchase any combination of the following from a licensed retail marijuana store:
    • 1 ounce of usable marijuana
    • 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form
    • 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form, or
    • 7 grams of marijuana concentrate
  • Qualified patients and designated providers who are entered into the medical marijuana database may legally purchase sales-tax free any combination of the following from a licensed marijuana store with a medical endorsement:
    • 3 ounces of usable marijuana
    • 48 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form
    • 216 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form or
    • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate
  • Recognition cardholders may also grow in their home or as a member of a cooperative:
    • 6 plants for personal medical use, and
    • Possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants.
  • If the patient’s healthcare practitioner determines the patient requires more than the presumptive amount, they may authorize:
    • Up to 15 plants for personal medical use, and
    • May possess 16 ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants.

Washington Recreational Marijuana / Cannabis Recreational Use Law: Legal

  • Initiative 502 (I-502): Passed on November 6, 2012, to legalize recreational use of marijuana. I-502 was approved by a vote of 55.7% to 44.3%.
  • Homegrown marijuana for recreational use, as well as sale, remains illegal.
  • Recreational-use marijuana must be purchased from a state-licensed retailer.
  • Adults 21 years or older may possess up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana
  • Adults 21 years or older may possess up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form
  • Adults 21 years or older may possess up to 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form or “any combination” of all three

Medical Marijuana in Washington

To become a medical marijuana patient in the state of Washington, you must be a resident of Washington and make an appointment with your healthcare practitioner to see if you qualify under Washington state law – see qualifying conditions. If your healthcare practitioner feels your medical condition would benefit from the use of marijuana for medical purposes, he or she will complete a medical marijuana authorization form for you – see A Patient’s Guide to the Authorization Form.

Patients who want a marijuana recognition card, can call a nearby medically-endorsed marijuana retail store and make an appointment with a certified consultant to get registered in the medical marijuana authorization database and receive a medical marijuana recognition card – see A Patient’s Guide to the Authorization Database.

You will need to bring your authorization and state-issued identification to the appointment. A recognition card allows a patient many benefits such as purchasing product from a medically-endorsed store sales tax-free. Learn more.

Recreational Marijuana in Washington

Washington Initiative 502 (I-502) an “Act on Marijuana Reform” was an initiative to the Washington State Legislature, which was on November 6, 2012 voted into law in a general ballot, passing by a margin of approximately 56 to 44 percent. The law allowed the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Washington.

Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing

Licensed marijuana producers or processors must follow the rules and guidelines set forth by the department in order to create compliant products (i.e., medical marijuana). There is no Department of Health application or approval process. You must follow the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board traceability system process and ensure all required testing is complete.

Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Application

Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Application Form