Secure Your CannabisWe're partnering with Budtenders, Herbtenders and retail stores to keep cannabis secure.
Protect Young Minds
Most Washington and Clark County teens are not using cannabis, yet 1 in 3 Washington State 10th graders and 1 in 3 Clark County 10th graders in 2021 said cannabis was easy to get. To protect young minds you can know the Washington laws, start talking with youth about underage cannabis use and keep cannabis secure.
What Counts as Secure
Out of reach, out of sight, labeled right and sealed up tight. Securing cannabis keeps small children and teens safe from accidental ingestion.
Connection is the best prevention.
Conversations create connection. Anyone who cares about kids and teens can have accurate, open, and nonjudgmental conversations about how cannabis impacts teen brains differently than adult brains. Visit the resources below and learn about talking with youth.
Secure Your Cannabis is a community prevention and education project/point of purchase campaign for adults. We need the whole community to make a difference. Washington prevention coalitions partner with youth, parents, local cannabis retailers, communications professionals and more to find better ways of educating and supporting our community. We created this project so cannabis retailers can have educational materials about safe storage and responsible use.
For parents and trusted adults.
For teens talking to teens.
For people working with youth.
Spread the Word
Everyone who purchases cannabis can secure it or store it in a locking device so youth are not able to access or accidentally ingest it. Partnering with retailers and all who purchase cannabis products is the best way to get the word out. We’re excited that trusted Budtenders and Herbtenders are talking with customers about health and safety.
We’re sharing our resources, process, tools and more so other communities can implement this project. Click the links below to spread the word.
Know This About Cannabis
In 2012, voters approved Initiative 502 decriminalizing retail cannabis use/sales for adults 21 or older in Washington. There’s lots to know about the laws, but we’ve got you covered. For more detailed descriptions visit the Washington State Know The Law website. Information below is adapted from Know This About Cannabis.
How To Talk With Kids
Kids are telling us that parents and trusted adults (that’s you!) are the greatest influence on their decision to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. We’re urging adults to talk honestly and openly with youth about cannabis, health effects, and potential consequences of underage use.
We put together a Cannabis Conversations toolkit to help get you started. You can also visit Start Talking Now for resources on talking about all different substances, like alcohol and smoking and establishing clear expectations with kids.
56% of Clark County 10th graders, and 58% of Washington 10th graders in 2021 said their parents talk with them about not using cannabis. (down from 61% in Clark County and 60% of Washington in 2018). Let’s boost this number!
A Buyers Guide
Adults 21 and older can purchase cannabis from a licensed retailer. Washington voters recognized that at 21 you’re an adult and can choose for yourself. When you buy from licensed producers, you’re getting products that have been tested for quality assurance.
Your Budtender or Herbtender can show you visually how much you can purchase as once. It ends up being:
- 1 oz. of useable cannabis like harvested flowers or buds.
- 16 oz. of cannabis-infused, solid edibles such as candy, brownies, crackers, mints, and more.
- 72 oz. of cannabis-infused, liquid products like teas and juices.
- 7 grams of cannabis concentrate including things like dabs and oil.
16% of Clark County and 18% of Washington tenth graders said they’d used cannabis in the last 30 days when surveyed in 2018. Using or possessing cannabis is illegal under the age of 21 unless medically authorized. That includes sharing cannabis with anyone underage, like your friends or family. This has a lot to do with crucial parts of the brain continuing to develop until the mid-twenties and is for their protection.
Know Before You Grow
You’ll need to get medically authorized or licensed by the State of Washington to grow and produce cannabis. Without these permissions, growing cannabis plants in Washington state is illegal. Ask your Budtender or Herbtender how their store started this process.
Where to Consume Cannabis
While medical and retail cannabis use is legal in Washington, there’s laws on where you can and can’t use it.
You can use cannabis in private places, but not in public. This includes anywhere that’s in view of the public or has a smoke-free policy. Check with your landlord or property owner too- they can regulate use or possession.
It’s against policy to use retail cannabis on any public or private college or university campus. Ask your residence about how they regulate or enforce these policies.
It’s illegal to use on federal lands or parks.
2% of Clark County and 2% of Washington tenth graders in 2021 reported using cannabis within three hours of driving (down from 9% in 2018). 12% in Clark County (down from 17% in 2018), and 9% in Washington (down from 19% in 2018) said they rode with a driver who had been using cannabis.
When it comes to the car, cannabis should stay in its unopened package and out of reach.
Driving a car, motorcycle or operating a boat under the influence is illegal. You should wait several hours after smoking or eating edibles if you’re going to drive.
According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the number of drivers testing positive for multiple substances reached the highest point in history in 2013 and has increased every year since. Combining alcohol use with cannabis use greatly increases potential for harm.
Even if you’re only along for the ride it’s illegal to use cannabis as a passenger.
Thank you retailers and community organizations for making this project possible:
Secure Your Cannabis is an award winning campaign shared across Washington, the United States, and even in Europe. In 2020 the campaign received the Washington School PR Association (WSPRA) Best in Category Award for Special Purpose in Districts over 10,000 students. The campaign was also featured during the National Public Health-Marijuana Summit in 2020.
Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Health Dedicated Marijuana Account Funds & other retail & prevention partners.