Washington

Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Medical Marijuana
Drugged Driving
Hemp
Legalization

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
Personal Use
1 oz or less (private possession/consumption) No Criminal Penalty None $ 0
1 oz or less (public consumption) Civil Penalty None $ 100
1 oz - 40 g Misdemeanor 24 hours* - 90 days $ 1,000
More than 40 g Felony 5 years $ 10,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
With intent to distribute
Any amount Felony 5 years $ 10,000
Sale or Distribution
Any amount Felony 5 years $ 10,000
To a minor at least 3 years younger Felony 10 years $ 10,000
Within 1000 ft of a school, school bus stop or in a public park, in a public housing project designated as a drug-free zone, in public transportation, and other locations is punishable by double fines and imprisonment.
Cultivation
Any amount Felony 5 years $ 10,000
Within 1000 ft of a school, school bus stop or in a public park, in a public housing project designated as a drug-free zone, in public transportation, and other locations is punishable by double fines and imprisonment.
Hash & Concentrates
16 oz or less marijuana-infused product solid form No Criminal Penalty None $ 0
72 oz or less marijuana-infused product liquid form No Criminal Penalty None $ 0
7 g marijuana concentrate No Criminal Penalty None $ 0
Possession of more than 40 g Felony 5 years $ 10,000
Manufacture, sale, delivery or possession with intent Felony 5 years $ 10,000
Subsequent offenses carry greater penalties.
Patients may possess hash and concentrates for medical use. See details section.
Paraphernalia
Advertisement Misdemeanor 24 hours* - 90 days $ 1,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Civil Asset Forfeiture
Vehicles and other property may be seized.
Miscellaneous
Knowingly maintaining a structure used for drug offenses Felony 5 years $ 10,000
Controlled substances homicide Felony 10 years $ 20,000
Parents of a minor to whom a controlled substance was sold or transferred have a cause of action against the seller.
Juveniles will have their driving privileges revoked.

Details

Conditional Release

The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Drugged Driving

This state has a per se drugged driving law enacted. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold.

Hemp

This state has an active hemp industry or has authorized research. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, and other products. .

Legalization

This state has legalized marijuana for personal use.

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Medical Marijuana

This state has medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective.