Marijuana Legalization

Approved by majority vote in 2012, I-502 legalized the sale, purchase and use of marijuana in Washington State for people 21 years of age and older. I-502 also established a system in which marijuana is regulated, taxed and distributed. We want visitors and residents to be educated on the use and purchase of marijuana and marijuana-infused products so that they can enjoy this new industry in accordance with state and local law.


Marijuana Legalization

How Many States Have Legalized Marijuana?

Marijuana legalization went into effect on December 2013, and the first legal marijuana sales in Washington and Spokane were made on July 8, 2014. At the time, Washington was the second state to legalize recreational cannabis. Since 2014, 10 states total have legalized marijuana use, while 33 have voted to allow medical marijuana sales and use.

States That Have Legalized Marijuana Use

Map of Marijuana legalization in the United States

Marijuana Dispensaries in Spokane


Indica vs. Sativa

What's The Difference?

There are two types of cannabis plants that are grown, indica and sativa. The plants differ not only in their chemical makeup but also in the way they look, grow and the way they affect the body.

At the base, the difference between indica and sativa is that indica has higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC and sativa is the oppositewith higher levels of THC and lower levels of CBD. This difference impacts the type of high that products derived and created each strain gives. Indica products are known for giving the user a more relaxed feeling, and sativa is known for giving the user a more energetic high. The best thing to do when picking which strain is best for you is to ask a budtender at your chosen retail marijuana store.

The plants also look different. Sativa plants are taller, thinner and have more narrow leaves. They are also typically a lighter shade of green. Indica cannabis plants are typically short, bushy plants and have wide leaves.


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