Washington

State Snippet - Washington

State Snippet - Washington

Washington, similar to Alaska, took a long and winding road to cannabis decriminalization & legalization.  From criminalization in 1923 to the 1979 recognition of the medical necessity defense by the WA Court of Appeals in State v. Diana, the state made stop and go progress but lawmakers, advocates and residents persevered until MMJ was decriminalized in 1998 and crossed the legalization finish line on December 6, 2012.