Is marijuana legal in Washington State?

I'm trying to understand state-by-state marijuana regulation in the US. What is the legal status of marijuana use and possession in Washington State?

asked 16 Jun '12, 14:10

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Marijuana, aka cannabis, pot, weed, dope, MJ (Mary-Jane), is classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Some states have decriminalized marijuana and some have adopted medical marijuana programs, allowing the possession of a given amount of usable marijuana (1-24 ounces) and marijuana plants (7-15 plants), which varies from state-to-state. Marijuana is not physically addictive, though some people may need rehab to help quit. Detox from marijuana is rarely seen, unless the user has other drug dependencies or is otherwise suffering from withdrawal.

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Controversial debate surrounds the possible removal of marijuana (cannabis) from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act as more US states begin to adopt their own medicinal marijuana programs.

No, it is not legal for the average citizen. However, people can obtain their medical marijuana certification in the state of Washington if their conditions meet the Washington State Health Department's treatment requirements. If you are provided a medical marijuana certification, often called a "Green Card", you can possess and purchase a certain amount of marijuana from licensed marijuana dispensaries.

NOTE: Federal law still prohibits the purchase, possession, cultivation, and use of marijuana on all levels.


answered 16 Aug '12, 18:13

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