It’s 2019, and marijuana laws are rapidly changing. Although still illegal by federal law, marijuana is legal for medical or recreational purposes in over 30 states. Washington state’s laws allow adults to enjoy cannabis in private, but marijuana possession can still land people in hot water. Here’s what every consumer should know about cannabis possession in Washington.
Cannabis Possession Laws
Adults over 21 can purchase cannabis and cannabis-infused products at marijuana dispensaries for private use. However, the law dictates a daily purchasing limit, which is also the maximum amount of cannabis one can legally have on their person. These limits are:
- Flower: one ounce
- Concentrates: seven grams
- Edibles: 16 ounces
- Infused liquids: 72 ounces
The limits for medical marijuana patients are different. Despite the legality of the plant, the onus is on each individual to be mindful of the limit. Washington’s law can still come down harshly on anyone breaking the law.
Consequences of Breaking the Law
Possession of up to 40 grams of cannabis is considered a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of more than 40 grams is a felony, with a maximum sentence of five years’ incarceration and a $10,000 fine. Anyone possessing cannabis with the intent to distribute, regardless of the amount, may face the same sentence.
Additional Cannabis Laws
In Washington state, cannabis consumption is only legal in private. Public consumption with an ounce or less can land someone a civil penalty and a $100 fine. Except for some medical marijuana patients, cultivation of cannabis is still a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal, and so is traveling with it from state to state. Additionally, cannabis consumption by minors—and supplying minors with cannabis—is also illegal and punishable by hefty fines and possible time in a Washington jail.
Arrested for Marijuana Possession?
While cannabis use is legal, the law can still come down swiftly and harshly on violators. If you or a loved one have been arrested for marijuana possession in Washington, hire an attorney immediately to understand your rights. If your loved one is still in jail, A-Affordable Bail Bonds may be able to help secure their release with a bail bond. When you call us, our bail agents will walk you through the bail bonds process and help you understand what to expect once you’re reunited with your loved one. Call A-Affordable Bail Bonds today at 360-699-3100 to get started.