In 2012, Washington state voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for personal, adult, recreational use, and also created a legal regulatory framework for retail sales. (Initiative 502, now codified under RCW 69.50.)
Subsequent state legislative changes to further regulate medical marijuana sales, as well as ongoing state regulatory and local policy actions, establish an extensive legal framework in Washington for sales, possession and use of medical and recreational marijuana.
Washington’s regulatory system is delegated to the state Liquor and Cannabis Board, with local cities and counties retaining typical police powers, such as zoning.
This dataset includes more than 100 components of city and county ordinances in Washington that govern the zoning and siting for businesses that produce, process and sell recreational and medical marijuana, as well as regulations governing individual access to the products. This is a longitudinal dataset displaying ordinances in effect as of January 31, 2016 and updated through September 30, 2016 in a sample of 142 of the largest cities (all with a population of 3,000 or more) and all 39 counties in Washington. The laws in this dataset cover 98 percent of the state’s population.
To explore local recreational marijuana policies related to zoning and siting and other local regulation in Washington state, click the “Start Here” button below.
With support from:
- Dr. Julia Dilley, Prinicpal Investigator
- Multnomah County Health Department/Oregon State Health Department
- RCW 69.50 - Washington State law on recreational marijuana
- Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
- Learn About Marijuana
Note: This dataset was created by the Seattle-King County Public Health Department using a modified version of the policy surveillance process.
Did you know?
A total of 125 cities and 30 counties had passed local ordinances to address recreational marijuana retail sales by 2016. Yet as of June 2016, two years after the market opened, 30 percent of the state population lived in places that had temporarily or permanently banned retail sales, due to a non-preemptive state law.
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