Straight Dope: The Washington State Marijuana Law I-502
Initiative 502: Frequently Asked Questions
The ACLU of Washington offers this brief FAQ about implementation
of Initiative 502.
When can adults legally possess and use marijuana?
As of December 6, 2012, adults age 21 and over in Washington state can no longer be arrested under state law for possessing limited amounts of marijuana.
How much marijuana can adults legally possess under I-502?
Under Washington law, adults can possess 1 oz. of useable marijuana, 16 oz. of marijuanainfused product in solid form, and 72 oz. of marijuana-infused product in liquid form.
Can I grow marijuana at home?
No. Unless you are an authorized medical marijuana patient under Washington law, home growing is not allowed.
When can marijuana retail outlets sell marijuana?
The Washington State Liquor Control Board, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Health will have until December 1, 2013 to complete rulemaking that will create a system to license and regulate the production, processing, and sale of marijuana. Commercial businesses can be set up after rulemaking is complete and once a license is obtained.
Where will stores be located?
Licenses will authorize stand-alone marijuana businesses, with similar restrictions to the old state liquor stores.
Marijuana stores must be located at least 1,000 feet away from schools andparks. The number of marijuana store licenses will also be determined in rulemaking.
Does I-502 change Washington’s medical marijuana law?
No. Washington’s Medical Use of Cannabis Act remains unchanged.
Can marijuana be used in public?
It will remain unlawful under Washington law to use marijuana in public. Similar to a traffic offense, violations will result in a civil infraction bringing a fine but not arrest.