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    Weed dispensaries in Tacoma, WA

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    Visiting a Dispensary in Tacoma, WA

    In the port city of Tacoma, Washington, cannabis enthusiasts can find their creativity sparked by both gorgeous seaside views and a wealth of art and history museums. With new dispensaries regularly popping up in the area, it’s important to know the city’s cannabis law regulations. 

    The Lowdown on Tacoma Cannabis Laws

    Both medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal in Tacoma. Its home state of Washington was one of the first to legalize medical cannabis, passing the Medical Marijuana Act of 1998 (Initiative 692 or I-692). Along with Colorado, Washington was the first state to legalize recreational cannabis, passing Initiative 502 (I-502) in November 2012. Medical marijuana is legal for adults over the age of 18; minors under 18 may obtain a license with the support of their parents or guardian. Recreational marijuana is legal for adults over the age of 21.

    Recreational Cannabis Laws in Tacoma

    Tacoma residents can purchase in a single day up to:

    • 1 ounce (28 grams) of usable marijuana

    • 16 ounces (454 grams) of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form

    • 72 fluid ounces (2.13 liters) of cannabis in liquid form

    • 0.25 ounces (7 grams) of cannabis concentrates

    All cannabis products must be purchased from a state-licensed and regulated dispensary.

    It’s not currently legal for adults to grow cannabis plants for recreational use.

    Medical Cannabis Laws in Tacoma

    Patients in Tacoma suffering with a terminal or debilitating medical condition can purchase and possess any combination of:

    • 3 ounces (85 grams) of marijuana

    • 48 ounces (1.36 kilograms) of marijuana-infused products in solid form

    • 1.69 gallons (6.4 liters) of marijuana-infused products in liquid form

    • 0.74 ounces (21 grams) of marijuana concentrate

    Adults with a medical marijuana authorization form can grow up to 4 plants in their home.

    Adults with a medical marijuana authorization form and medical marijuana card from the Medical Marijuana Authorization Database can grow up to 6 plants and cultivate 8 ounces of usable marijuana from them at home or as part of a cooperative. Healthcare providers may authorize some patients to grow up to 15 plants and cultivate up to 16 ounces of usable marijuana from them at home.

    How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Tacoma

    All patients must first get a medical marijuana authorization form from their physician. They must then bring their completed form to a medically endorsed store and schedule an appointment with a certified consultant to.

    The consultant will review the form for completeness and compare information to your state identification, then take a photo of your face (and designated provider, if any) and enter your photo and information into the Medical Marijuana Authorization Database.

    Medical marijuana cards have the same expiration date as your medical marijuana authorization form. To renew, patients must first renew their authorization form with their physician, then visit an endorsed retail store to get a new card. Some patients may qualify for a compassionate care renewal if an in-person physician visit would cause severe hardship; in these instances, your physician can indicate your eligibility and allow you to renew via telemedicine.

    Minors under the age of 18 must receive both a medical marijuana authorization form and be entered into the Authorization Database to legally use medical cannabis.

    Where is it Legal to Consume Cannabis in Tacoma

    If you buy marijuana from a Tacoma weed dispensary, you must consume it in your own home or in private. It’s illegal to consume marijuana in public or in public view, as well as in the retail shop where it was purchased. Most hotels and similar accommodations prohibit the use of cannabis as well, but check with them to be safe.

    Adults of legal age may “deliver” cannabis to another adult (using the same legal possession limits), as long as they don’t charge money and keep all consumables in their original store packaging.

    Any cannabis purchased in Washington must stay in the state. Guests of legal age visiting the state may purchase recreational marijuana.

    How to Buy Cannabis at a Tacoma Dispensary

    There are many medical and recreational dispensaries in Tacoma. Most Tacoma dispensaries are open from 8am-11pm, with some open until midnight. A number of dispensaries also allow for curbside pickup.

    Cannabis Taxes in Tacoma

    There’s a 6.6% state tax on medical marijuana, though many nonprofit dispensaries offer discounts for those in financial need.

    Recreational marijuana has a 5.6% statewide retail sales tax, and a 16% excise tax, for a total 21.6% tax. The revenue collected from these taxes is estimated at around $300 million. This money gets divided between public health programs, sheriff and fire departments, fire districts, highway funds, community college districts, infrastructure, and a Justice Reinvestment Fund. $30 Million is also annually allocated from the tax revenue to programs including addiction and teen suicide prevention, substance treatment, and mental health programs. 

    There is a 37% excise tax on both recreational and medicinal marijuana purchases. In general, there’s a 6.5% state sales tax on recreational marijuana; however, there are sales and use tax exemptions for both recreational and medical cannabis purchases. You can check directly with your dispensary, or reach out to the Washington State Department of Revenue for more information.