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Washington was one of the first states in the United States to legalize cannabis for recreational use. In 2012, Washington voters approved Initiative 502, which legalized the possession and sale of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

Under the law, adults can possess up to one ounce of cannabis, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis-infused liquid products, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrate. The law also created a system for regulating and taxing the production and sale of cannabis, with licensed dispensaries known as “pot shops” operating throughout the state.

Since legalization, the cannabis industry in Washington has grown significantly, with an estimated $1 billion in sales in 2020. However, the industry has also faced challenges such as high taxes and regulatory hurdles.

Washington has also made some changes to its cannabis laws in recent years. In 2019, the state passed a law allowing for the expungement of some cannabis-related convictions. And in 2020, the state passed a law allowing for the home cultivation of up to six cannabis plants for personal use.

Overall, Washington has been a trailblazer in the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, and the state’s experience can serve as a model for other states considering similar reforms.

LAST UPDATED 5/10/2023 – It’s important to remember that laws can be revised and updated frequently, so please keep this in mind.