In Washington state, cannabis is legal for adults 21 and over. What does that mean?

  • You must be 21 or older to buy, possess, and use retail cannabis.
  • People under 21 cannot visit a cannabis retail store unless they have a medical card approved by a doctor and are at least 19 years of age.
  • Cannabis remains illegal under federal law.
  • It is illegal and a felony to provide cannabis to people under 21.
  • It is also illegal to use marijuana in public or drive under the influence of cannabis.

How can I talk to youth about cannabis?

Talk Early.

It’s never too early to start talking about important health issues.

Be informed.

View the Youth Cannabis Prevention Toolkit.

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Pick a good time to talk.

Have a regular time to talk, such as over family dinner.

Set expectations

Decide on clear expectations about cannabis use and safety.

Spend time with them. Talk early and often about making safe and healthy choices.

Get in the habit of talking with them so they feel comfortable talking to you about sensitive issues.

Everyone is using cannabis, what’s the big deal?
모두 대마초를 피우는데 무엇이 문제인가요?

Everyone is using

What is the difference between recreational and medical cannabis?레져용 대마초와 의료용 대마초는 어떻게 다른가요?

People use recreational cannabis to get high.

Recreational cannabis has the chemical THC, which causes the high.

People use medical cannabis to treat health issues such as pain.

Medical cannabis has the chemical CBD, which does not cause a high.

What is the difference

Can medical cannabis help with ADHD?의료용 대마초가 주의력 결핍 과잉행동장애(ADHD)에 도움이 되나요?

Can medical cannabis help

What are the different forms of cannabis?

Cannabis comes in many different forms:


Edibles are food and beverages that contain THC and/or CBD.


Cannabis rolled into a cigarette, cigar, or blunt wrap.


Glass pipes are a tool commonly used for smoking cannabis.


Topical products infused with cannabis used on the skin.


Cannabis in a solution of alcohol and concentrates like oils and waxes. People use tinctures by placing a few drops under their tongue or in food.


“Vaporizing cannabis using an electric powered device.” .

What should I do if there’s cannabis at home?

If you or any adult you know uses cannabis at home, keep it stored safely.

Other people in the home might accidentally eat or drink edible cannabis that is left out in the open. And it can lead to poisoning or serious injury.

Always lock all cannabis products safely away from children, youth under 21, and pets. Keep it stored, locked, and out of sight.

• If someone accidentally consumes cannabis, call the Washington Poison left at 1(800) 222-1222.

• If a pet consumes cannabis, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

• Call your local vet.

•“If symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to an emergency room.


How do I explain a family member’s cannabis use to my youth?


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