Answers to Some of Your Marijuana-Washington State Questions

MarijuanaI have old college friends coming to Seattle and they have questions about legalized pot in Washington State. I have gone out to get that information for them and I will share it with you as well. I don’t condemn or promote marijuana; I will try to provide enough information to keep those who enjoy it safe-out of jail.

Answers to Some of Your Marijuana-Washington State Questions

The Law and the Rules

There are still significant restrictions for pot possession and use. There are also many practical details that are being worked out about how the law is to be implemented.

Washington State’s decriminalized recreational marijuana in November of 2012. The new law allowed for the creation of a licensed and regulated system of marijuana production and distribution, very similar to a state’s liquor control board.

Please Note: Washington State law does not preempt federal law. The production, distribution, sale, possession, and use is still against, and may be prosecuted under, US federal law.

Where can I buy pot in Washington State?

There are 12 licensed retail marijuana shops open in the Seattle area and approximately 140 state- wide. Shops are devoted only to marijuana and marijuana products (edibles); they do not sell anything else. Liquor stores, convenience stores, and other existing businesses are not allowed to add pot products to their offerings

The Big Questions: Where can I smoke pot in Washington State

Smoking, or consuming pot is within the law if you are on private property, outside the view (or smell) of the general public.

Where Are You NOT Allowed to Smoke or Consume Marijuana in Washington State

Pot smoking is definitely illegal in public and in view of the general public. Use a little common sense : If you aren’t allowed to smoke or consume alcohol in a place, it’s a good bet that you’ll also be legally prohibited from smoking or consuming pot in any form in that area.

One More Time: Where You Are Not Allowed to Smoke or Consume Pot

  • In public, in view of the general public
  • At the retail shop where you bought it
  • Most hotels and other accommodations
  • Restaurants
  • Lounges, clubs, and bars
  • Sports stadiums (Seahawk Game)
  • Concert venues
  • All federal land, including national parks and national forests (Many ski slopes are on federal land)
  • Some Indian reservation land
  • You definitely can’t smoke pot while driving a car, or even when a passenger. It would also be asking for trouble to smoke pot in a parked car.

What If You Get Caught Smoking Pot in the Wrong Place?

If state or local law enforcement catches you smoking weed or consuming marijuana where it remains illegal, you might receive a ticket or citation and have to pay a fine. Some hotels may charge a service or cleaning fee. If you are caught with marijuana by federal agents on federal lands, the penalty may include a citation, losing your driver’s license, performing community service, and/or a probationary sentence.

The Answers You Care Most About

When the first marijuana shops came online it created a shortage so the price per ounce was around $40 per ounce. As supply has increased cost is now down around $20 to $30an ounce depending on the strain, strength, or edible you are considering.

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  1. First time in history… wow!

  2. You shared a very interesting view of the 2015 Washington marijuana use rules. Learning that the state allowed the private, out of view, use of the substance on the user’s property would be news to many people.

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