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Washington Marijuana Penalties

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Washington Marijuana Legalization

 

SUMMARY: Fifty-six percent of voters approved Initiative 502, permitting an adult to possess up to one-ounce of cannabis (and/or up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form) for their own personal use in private. The public consumption of marijuana is subject to a civil violation and fine. The law took effect on December 6, 2012.

 

 

Washington Marijuana Penalties

 
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

16 oz or less marijuana-infused product solid form No Criminal Penalty None $ 0
72 oz or less marijuana-infused product liquid form No Criminal Penalty None $ 0
7 g marijuana concentrate No Criminal Penalty None $ 0
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

Advertisement Misdemeanor 24 hours* – 90 days $ 1,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Vehicles and other property may be seized.

Miscellaneous

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.

 

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