Recreational Laws that Every stoner should Know

In the state of Washington there are laws to abide when you are considering smoking marijuana. Stay out of trouble by knowing these 4 simple rules.

1. Legal Purchasing Laws

Marijuana and related products can only be purchased in a licensed retail marijuana shop. The licensing of these stores only allow the dispensary to sell marijuana and marijuana products / accessories. Nothing else. It is also forbidden to hand out samples and consume weed while on the premises. The following restrictions are related to the purchasing of marijuana:

Age Limit – Marijuana can only be bought, used, and /or possessed by adults age 21 and older.

Purchasing Limits – Adults age 21 and older are allowed to buy up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana (“bud”), 16 grams of solid edibles, 72 ounces of liquid edibles, and 7 grams of extracts / concentrates.  This marijuana may only be bought from a state-licensed recreational marijuana retailer. A valid photo ID is required for entry, as well as for purchase. Absolutely nobody under the age of 21 can be on the store premises. Most marijuana retailers also only accept cash as form of payment.

2. Driving and Travel

Be safe and do not drive stoned. It is  best to be aware that there is a law that exists and that they can test you if they suspect you are driving under the influence and draw from a police station or medical facility. It becomes an offense if there is 5 ng /ml or more of THC in your blood .Research says it can take 3 hours to drop below that limit after consuming marijuana and it can  take longer depending on variables like gender and weight. It’s best to wait 5 hours after smoking and even longer if you ate edibles because they need to be digested.

3. Public Use

Even though Marijuana is Legal, it is illegal to use marijuana in the view of the public or be a nuisance under the influence in public.  If they can see you and you can see them, you cannot light up.

4. Storage of Marijuana

The primary objective of the marijuana storage laws is to prevent accidental ingestion by children and animals, as well as to keep the underaged  from using it. Following proper marijuana storage guidelines and laws will decrease the number of incidents reported to the poison control center. Here are three ways to ensure your weed is stored safely and stay out of trouble.

Keep marijuana in original packaging, clearly labeled as containing marijuana. Some brands come in resealable bags,airtight plastic, or glass jars. Regardless of what your marijuana is packaged in, double check it’s clearly labeled and will not be in reach of children, underage individuals, or animals.

Store your marijuana bud, edibles, and extracts in child-resistant containers, which are then kept in a locked cabinet and / out of reach of children.

Avoid consuming edibles in front of children and pets, as these marijuana products often look just like food.

In the event your child does accidentally ingest marijuana-infused products, or if you are concerned about the health and safety of yourself or someone else, call the  Poison Center. All calls are confidential and guidance is provided by an expert. You can also call 911 or go to the emergency room if the symptoms appear to be severe.

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