• Mitch Pfeifer

What To Expect From A Washington Pot Shop

Updated: May 31


Washington is widely known as one of the best places to find weed in the world. Our pot is as beautiful as the PNW itself. Tourists from all over travel to our lush state to explore our beautiful mountain ranges, eat amazing food, and take in other creative experiences - while indulging in legal pot, of course. These Washington pot shops are highly respected by locals and frequented by visitors for their unique designs, knowledgeable staff, and a wide variety of affordable and highly desirable cannabis products and paraphernalia.


Before we dive into the best places to purchase cannabis in the state, it is important you know what to expect from a Washington pot shop by understanding some basic laws surrounding cannabis consumption and possession in our Evergreen State.



Washington Cannabis 101


Washington’s recreational cannabis market has been open to adults since 2012. Adults (21 years or older/18 years with medical ID) with a valid form of ID can legally buy and possess up to:

  • 1 ounce (28 grams) of cannabis flower

  • 16 ounces of solid cannabis-infused edibles (brownies, cookies, candies)

  • 72 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in liquid form (drinks, tinctures)

  • 7 grams of cannabis concentrate (wax, oil, vape)

Other rules and regulations to keep in mind when interacting with pot in the Washington include:

  • It is against the law to open/consume weed or cannabis-infused products in the view of the general public, unless on private property.

  • It is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis. You are considered “under the influence” if you have more than 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. Driving while under the influence may result in significant legal penalties.

  • Travel - it is illegal to take Washington cannabis products across state lines. All purchased products should be consumed within the state and can not be taken across any state or international borders.



What to Expect When You Stop at a Washington Pot Shop


Visiting a dispensary can be intimidating, especially when you are visiting from a non-legal state - but it doesn’t have to be. You can set yourself up for success by being prepared for the experience from the moment you arrive. Before you head out, make sure you:

  • Bring Cash. Most dispensaries in Washington currently only accept cash. Although new legislation is working on changing this, the dispensaries that do currently allow card transactions still operate as an ATM. This means transactions are rounded to the nearest $5 or $10 and change is given for the difference.

  • Have a valid (and accepted) photo ID. Washington pot shops must adhere to strict guidelines around entrance to the facility. This includes requirements around approved and accepted forms of identification.

  • Once you connect with your personal budtender, they will ask what you are looking for. This is when you should ask any questions you may have and/or describe the reason for your visit. The more detailed you can get, the more personalized your recommendations will be. When you decide on the products that catch your eye, your budtender will place everything in a bag (or bags). Product will be handed over once you pay, and tipping is highly encouraged.

When you arrive at a Washington pot shop, a staff member or security guard will ask you to present your ID. Once admitted, you’ll enter the main retail floor. Depending on the location, you may be able to glance around freely, in some cases you may need to wait in line to be served. Top-tier dispensaries pride themselves on excelling at one-on-one customer service and communication, so lines tend to move quickly.


Once you connect with your personal budtender, they will ask what you are looking for. This is when you should ask any questions you may have and/or describe the reason for your visit. The more detailed you can get, the more personalized your recommendations will be. When you decide on the products that catch your eye, your budtender will place everything in a bag (or bags). Product will be handed over once you pay, and tipping is highly encouraged.


It can be exciting to have new goodies in your hands but remember to keep everything sealed until you get back to your home base. At the end of the day, it is important to relax and take your time during this unique shopping experience. When you’re inside a dispensary you’re with your fellow community members, there’s no judgment - just enjoyable and educational conversations.



Time to Shop

Washington is the perfect place for anyone over 21 to buy cannabis. When you’re stopping at a weed shop in Washington, remember these essential details to ensure a positive experience:

  • Bring cash or be prepared to hit up the ATM.

  • Don’t forget an approved form of ID.

  • Take your time and ask questions.

  • Be open to trying new things.

Not only does Washington have some of the best prices on legal weed in the nation, but we also have some of the highest-quality craft cannabis around. Next time you travel to Washington, make sure to visit these popular pot shops located in Seattle (Capitol Hill,) Georgetown, and Bremerton!



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