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Washington Tobacco 21 Laws

As of January 1, 2020 it is illegal under Washington law to sell or give tobacco or vaping products to people under age 21. In March 2019 Washington State signed a bill to raise the legal sale age of tobacco and vapor products to 21 with a bipartisan vote of 33-12 in the Senate and 66-30 in the House of Representatives.

Click the links below for more information:
Tobacco & Vapor Q&A
Local Vapor Product Regulations in WA
Liquor & Cannabis Board Notice
Tobacco & Vapor Retailer FAQ

Washington Marijuana Laws

In 2012 Washington State voters approved Initiative 502, which permits an adult over 21 to possess up to one-ounce of marijuana for their own personal use in private. The public consumption of marijuana is subject to a civil violation and fine. Recreational marijuana sales to the public in Washington State began July, 8 2014. Marijuana remains illegal on the federal level.

Click on the links below for additional information:
Know This About Cannabis
Washington State Law: I502
WA State: No Smoking in Public Places

 

Local Substance Use Regulations

Clark County Marijuana Moratorium

  • The moratorium, passed in 2014, previously made it illegal to operate marijuana-related businesses in unincorporated Clark County. Unincorporated Clark County includes places like Salmon Creek, Hockinson, Mill Plain and more.
  • In July 2019, Clark County Council lifted the ban on marijuana. 
  • The code adopted by the Council maintains the prohibition on marijuana establishments within 1,000 feet of an elementary or secondary school or public playground, as required by state law, but reduces the buffer to 500 feet for child care centers, libraries, churches, transit centers and recreational facilities. The council also added a 500 foot buffer for substance use disorder treatment facilities. Additionally, marijuana retail businesses will be allowed to be open until 11 pm, the same as the city of Vancouver.
  • Read more about the code here.

Clark County Vaping Ordinance

Vancouver Ordinance

Regulating Display of Drug Paraphernalia

The Vancouver ordinance prohibits the display of drug paraphernalia in stores where minors can enter.

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Washougal Ordinance #1773

Regulating the Use and Sale of Electronic Vaporizing Devices

  • Sampling and sales to minors (anyone under 18) prohibited
  • Coupons Prohibited
  • Possession by minors prohibited
  • Signage required in retailers
  • Vending machines restricted
  • Use prohibited in public places and places of employment

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Washougal Ordinance #1774

Regulating the Display of Drug Paraphernalia

  • Preventing the display of drug paraphernalia in stores where minors can enter.

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OSPI School Discipline Updates

In Regards to Substance Use or Drug Paraphernalia

  • In 2018: Schools cannot suspend for absences or tardiness, students must be allowed to participate in curriculum, meet educational standards and meet graduation requirements. Students must not be forced to skip meals.
  • In 2019: Schools must define their alternative approaches, must eliminate zero-tolerance language in discipline policies except for firearm violations and it is not against the law for schools to mandate drug or alcohol assessments. Schools cannot force treatment.
  • Schools must collect and report suspension data.
  • Schools are not required to impose suspension or expulsion except for firearm violations and they MUST first consider alternative action. This is to say that mandatory reporting of suspension/expulsion data does not equal mandatory consequences.
  • Considering alternative consequences applies to all behavior and not just to substance related violations.
  • OSPI recommends minimizing exclusions and encourages the best practices manual.
  • The approach should be individualized for each student while still remaining fair.
  • Learn more.
  • View Best Practices Manual.

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