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New Marijuana Laws: What You Need to Know

Hughes Robbins, P.S. Jan. 15, 2014

In 2014, adults in Washington will be able to buy and possess recreational marijuana. The state estimates that the new license and supply system will be up and running by June.

We have listed some important facts about the new law that you need to know:

The state is licensing up to 334 stores across Washington. Approximately 21 of these specialized stores will be located in Seattle.


Although it is unclear how much marijuana will be taxed, experts predict that it will likely be around 30-40%, including sales tax.

Legal Limits

Washington law allows adults (21 and over) to carry around either 1 oz for personal use, 16 oz in edible products, such as cookies, or 72 oz in liquid form.

Residency Limitations

You do not have to be a Washington resident to legally buy pot, however, it must stay within the state. Although the TSA says it is not searching for marijuana, cases will be referred to law enforcement if screeners find it.

Smoking in Public

Initiative 502 does not allow marijuana consumption in public view. Cities, such as Seattle, will be issuing tickets for violations.


The DUI limit of THC is greater than or equal to 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood. For more information about the driving limit, please refer to our blog post


Drug testing will be left to the discretion of employers

These new laws may be confusing to many people. Should you have any questions, or if you find yourself in legal trouble, please contact Scott Robbins