Washington

WashingtonWashington residents are encouraged to educate themselves on their state’s marijuana laws.  By learning the local paraphernalia laws, residents can protect themselves from fines and incarceration resulting from drug related charges. 
 
 

Washington Marijuana Laws
Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
Personal Use
1 oz or less (private possession/consumption) no criminal penalty none $0
1 oz or less (public consumption) civil penalty none $100
1 oz - 40 g misdemeanor 24 hours* - 90 days $1,000
More than 40 g felony 5 years $10,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
With intent to distribute
Any amount felony 5 years $10,000
Sale or Distribution
Any amount felony 5 years $10,000
To a minor at least 3 years younger felony 10 years $10,000
Within 1000 ft of a school, school bus stop or in a public park, in a public housing project designated as a drug-free zone, in public transportation, and other locations is punishable by double fines and imprisonment.
Cultivation
Any amount felony 5 years $10,000
Within 1000 ft of a school, school bus stop or in a public park, in a public housing project designated as a drug-free zone, in public transportation, and other locations is punishable by double fines and imprisonment.
Hash & Concentrates
Possession of less than 40 g misdemeanor 1 day $250
Possession of more than 40 g felony 5 years $10,000
Manufacture, sale, delivery or possession with intent felony 5 years $10,000
Subsequent offenses carry greater penalties.
Patients may possess hash and concentrates for medical use. See details section.
Paraphernalia
Use, possession, delivery, or possession/manufacture with intent to deliver misdemeanor 24 hours* - 90 days $1,000
To a minor at least 3 years younger misdemeanor 1 year $50,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Civil Asset Forfeiture
Vehicles and other property may be seized.
Miscellaneous (license suspensions, civil damages, etc...)
Knowingly maintaining a structure used for drug offenses felony 5 years $10,000
Controlled substances homicide felony 10 years $20,000
Parents of a minor to whom a controlled substance was sold or transferred have a cause of action against the seller.
Juveniles will have their driving privileges revoked.

 
Here is Washington’s Food, Drugs, Cosmetics & Poisons Code 69.50.412 in its entirety.

Many Fired for Buying First Legal Weed in Town, Gets Job Back

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Marijuana News, Washington | 0 comments

Many Fired for Buying First Legal Weed in Town, Gets Job Back

The man who bought the first legal retail weed in Spokane, Wash., was promptly fired after his bosses saw him on TV. But they rehired him two days later, calling the incident a misunderstanding. Michael Boyer, 30, was let go as a part-time employee with a Spokane temp agency, TrueBlue Labor Ready, after bosses saw him on live TV buying weed at one of the first legal pot shops in the state. Company officials texted him 40 minutes after his purchase and told him to submit to a drug test within 24 hours. He refused, knowing the results would be...

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Washington Pot Shops Open

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Featured, Marijuana News, Washington | 0 comments

Washington Pot Shops Open

Legal weed has finally arrived in Washington. Months behind schedule, the first two dozen pot shops opened across the state July 8, marking the second time this year that a retail cannabis market has gone on-line. The first recreational marijuana stores in the country opened in Colorado Jan. 1. Business there has been quiet but plentiful, with no major problems. State residents still strongly support legalization, and few think it has made the state a worse place to live. But the situation in Washington isn’t so pretty, and observers...

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Congress Puts Squeeze on Legalization Efforts in D.C.

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Marijuana News, State News, Washington | 0 comments

Congress Puts Squeeze on Legalization Efforts in D.C.

Marijuana advocates in Washington, D.C., say they’ve collected almost enough signatures to put legalization on the citywide ballot in November. But news out of Congress has sent them into overdrive. Activists are pushing for Initiative 71, a measure that would legalize marijuana in the District. They’ve gathered 60,000 signatures, and they say they’re nearly ready to submit their petition for the ballot. The idea is very popular in the nation’s capital. Polls routinely show more than 60 percent of District residents want to legalize weed. But...

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