Washington state is known for its beautiful scenery, coffee culture, and legalized cannabis. However, while recreational use of marijuana is legal in Washington, there are still possession laws in place. Understanding these laws is crucial for anyone living in or visiting the state.
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older in Washington state. However, there are still possession limits in place. Adults can possess up to one ounce of marijuana flower, 16 ounces of marijuana-infused products in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and seven grams of concentrates.
It is important to note that possession of marijuana is still illegal under federal law. This means that even though it is legal in Washington state, possession of marijuana can still result in federal charges.
Possession of Other Drugs
Washington state has strict laws regarding the possession of other drugs. Possession of any amount of a Schedule I, II, III, or IV controlled substance is a felony in Washington state. This includes drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Drug paraphernalia refers to any equipment, product, or material that is used to consume or produce drugs. Possession of drug paraphernalia is illegal in Washington state. This includes items such as pipes, bongs, and syringes.
Penalties for Possession
The penalties for possession of drugs in Washington state depend on several factors, including the type and amount of the drug and whether it is a first offense. Possession of marijuana over the legal limit can result in a civil fine of up to $250.
Possession of a controlled substance can result in felony charges, with penalties ranging from a few months to several years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor offense, with penalties including up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.