Last updated: March 12, 2020

Marijuana legalization in Washington

Is marijuana legal in Washington?

Recreational marijuana is legal in Washington state. It is legal to buy, possess, and consume marijuana in the state of Washington as of December 6, 2012. It was the first state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana.

Washington Initiative 502 (I-502) appeared on the November 2012 ballot and passed.

Recreational stores selling marijuana products began opening in summer of 2014.