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Posted by Michelle Dellino | Apr 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Vaping safer

Washington State has new rules for electronic cigarettes, with a dual goal of targeting public vaping of marijuana. The Chronicle describes concern about teenage use of handheld vaporizers to evade marijuana laws.

In Washington State, people 21 and over can possess up to an ounce of marijuana (usable/dried). People 21 and over may also possess 16 ounces of marijuana-infused solid produces or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid products. However, it is NOT legal:

  • For anyone under 21 yearsold to possess marijuana
  • To grow marijuana
  • To smoke or display marijuana in public
  • To sell marijuana
  • For people 21 and over to possess greater than one ounce

With the legalization of marijuana in Washington, these caveats to the law are commonly overlooked or ignored. The Chronicle describes that e-cigarettes and other handheld vaporizers are used for vaping marijuana in public places and by teenagers to consume marijuana inconspicuously, both which violate marijuana law. New laws are intended to target these users.

The article reports that Washington's new set of rules for vaporizers are expected to be signed into law next week by Governor Inslee.  The laws will ban the use of e-cigarettes and vape pens in schools, day cares, and elevators, and will allow local health boards to ban all public vaping indoors and in outdoor areas where children congregate. Under the new law, vapor products can be confiscated from minors and issue citations to minors who possess them.

State officials see public marijuana vaping and teenage marijuana vaping as growing concerns, made worse by online advertisements, social media promotion, and websites that detail instructions for how to vape marijuana in public discreetly. There is concern about this growing trend taking place in high schools, and the thought is that the threat of a citation or fine may deter from teens from engaging in the practice of vaping marijuana.

Please see our prior blog post for additional information about the basics of marijuana law in Washington State.

About the Author

Michelle Dellino

Michelle Dellino is the Managing Attorney of Dellino Law Group. The firm was founded on her belief that there is, very simply, a solution to every problem. Her personal practice focuses on complex family law matters including high conflict cases; high asset and long term marriage dissolution; cases involving business owners, IT, and medical professionals; domestic violence family law; and preparing cohabitation, prenuptial, and postnuptial agreements. Both a trained mediator and former criminal trial attorney, she has the skills and experience to take a case anywhere it needs to go, whether that is a creative settlement or intensive courtroom litigation. In her free time she chases her four dogs and two cats, loves the New York Yankees because mediocrity is not tolerated in pinstripes, and travels as often as she can.


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