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Marijuana Decriminalization Headed For The Washington State Ballot

It’s still against the law so don’t get your hopes up, but with considerable support –including Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes– it will be put to the ballot this fall. The current law outline is included on our website.  Read more about it here.


Getting caught with an amount of marijuana that is 40 grams (1.41 ounces) or less is considered a misdemeanor possession charge if the marijuana was not intended for distribution or sale. Possession of any other illicit drug will automatically result in a Class C Felony charge, regardless of how meager or insubstantial the quantity of the drug may have been. Call a drug crimes lawyer to see how the laws affect your case.

Washington, as well as the District of Columbia and 15 other states, has legalized the use of medical marijuana. Amended cannabis regulations accommodate the growing numbers of patients permitted to use marijuana as a part of their medical treatment plans. They can:

  • Grow up to 15 plants for personal use
  • Keep a 60-day supply on-hand, which must be no greater than 24 ounces

If you have been cleared for use of medical marijuana and need a drug defense lawyer to help you present your affirmative defense before the courts, give us a call. We have helped countless clients facing similar charges, and we may be able to help you, too. It is important to note that while Washington authorizes marijuana for medicinal purposes, it has not legalized the drug completely.