With the implementation of Initiative 502 (I-502) Washington State made it legal to grow and sell recreational marijuana; sales to the public began July 8, 2014 after decades of prohibition. However, federal regulations still prohibit marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. This disconnect between state and federal leaves some gray areas and lots of questions for consumers. Local Roots would like to remind patrons that marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of the drug. There may be health risks associated with marijuana. For use by adults 21 and over. Marijuana is unlawful outside the state of Washington and should always be kept out of reach of children.


For a fuller list visit the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board website at: http://liq.wa.gov/marj/marijuana-2016


Can you take credit or debit cards?

Currently, no. We are a cash-only business but exploring options available to us to be able to take cards. As most banks and credit card companies have federal insurance, they are not comfortable supporting retail marijuana accounts at present. We do have an electronic customer-reward system available, however this will not be used for purchases, only loyalty points/discounts. 


I'm obviously older than 21, why am I being carded?

State Law requires that anyone entering a retail marijuana store show a valid photo ID. Valid ID's must not be expired and must show the bearer's date of birth, signature, and photograph. Acceptable ID's include driver's license (paper/temporary OK with expired or punched original), military ID, Official Passports, and tribal ID's. If you have an international passport and it is not readable in English, service may be denied. 


Can I tip my budtender?

You may! Tips are greatly appreciated, but not expected. 


Why can’t I hold the marijuana before purchase? Can I smell any of the product?
The law is very clear that there can be no open containers of marijuana, or consumption of marijuana at licensed locations. At this time, smell jars, while legal, have become a liability for Local Roots locations due to the LCB requirements to track and label each jar as well as the increased likelihood of theft with these small jars. In general, we no longer offer smell jars and apologize for this inconvenience. 


OPENED MARIJUANA PRODUCTS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE A LICENSED RETAIL OUTLET!


If you have questions/problems with a cartridge and/or vape setup, please call the store you purchased it from first to troubleshoot. If needed, we can do a return/exchange with all the product packaging and receipt (proof of purchase) within 7 days of purchase. Please bring the faulty device into the store in a bag if possible. We are happy to help, lawfully.

Can I buy THC infused alcohol (i.e. THC infused vodka)?
No. Retail outlets may only sell marijuana, marijuana concentrates, marijuana infused products and marijuana paraphernalia. To sell alcohol in Washington you would need a liquor license which would violate the above provisions. We do sell concentrated forms of THC that can be added to any drink you'd like! 

Can I buy equipment for home extraction (butane, extraction tubes, etc.) as paraphernalia at Local Roots?
No. The law states that retail outlets, such as Local Roots, are only allowed to sell marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana (flower/bud), marijuana-infused products, or paraphernalia intended for the storage or use of marijuana concentrates, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products.


Can customers consume in a retail store?
No. On-premise consumption is not allowed. Neither is lighting up in the parking lot after a purchase.  If we suspect or see you smoking in our parking lots, we will ask you to leave and may refuse service in the future. Marijuana consumption is restricted to places out of view of the general public such as a private residence.

Are there any restrictions on advertising?
Yes. Currently, Local Roots is not allowed to sell products such as shirts, stickers, or hats with our logo on it in any of our stores. However you are welcome to take pictures while inside any of our locations!


For more information about advertising restrictions, please visit:

http://lcb.wa.gov/mj2015/faq_i502_advertising



Are non-Washington residents able to purchase marijuana?
Yes, but the marijuana products are to be consumed in Washington and valid ID must be shown first. 


I'm traveling, what products should I take with me/ won't smell/can I get away with?

Local Roots would like to remind patrons that taking marijuana outside WA state is unlawful. Airports, and airplanes are considered federal property. If you chose to travel with marijuana products, it is at your own risk.

Can I still be drug tested now that marijuana is legal?
The law does not address the topic of drug testing but it is our understanding that employers may still conduct drug testing at their discretion. Since marijuana is illegal under federal law institutions that receive federal funds will still be subject to mandated testing. For example, organizations such as the NFL and NBA have issued statements that marijuana consumption is a violation of their conduct policy and they intend to continue testing for it. If you have concerns about drug testing, ask about or look into your employer's drug policies.

The initiative says I cannot consume marijuana in public. What is the definition of “in public?”
The law states that it is unlawful to open/consume a package of marijuana or marijuana infused product in view of the general public. This would include, but is not limited to, places like parks, parking lots, public gatherings, college campuses, and/or walking down the street. Just keep it and enjoy it at home and, please, always out of reach of children.

Can marijuana purchased legally in Washington be transported to other states? What about Oregon?
Nope. Marijuana and marijuana products are to be consumed in Washington State. Even though Oregon and California have also legalized recreational cannabis, traveling with cannabis between states is still illegal as each state regulates differently. Trafficking marijuana can carry considerable penalties so please keep it in Washington!


Can I grow my own marijuana now? Can I sell my homegrown marijuana?
Home grown marijuana for recreational use, as well as sale, remains illegal. Cannabis, currently, is only allowed to be grown at home if you hold a valid medicinal marijuana card. Recreational use marijuana must be purchased from a state-licensed retailer such as Local Roots.

Local Roots would like to remind patrons that marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of the drug. There may be health risks associated with marijuana. For use by adults 21 and over. Marijuana is unlawful outside the state of Washington and should always be kept out of reach of children. 

If you have any questions or concerns about marijuana use and the law in Washington, feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable budtenders, grab a free informational flyer in any of our stores, or visit the website for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Control Board at:http://liq.wa.gov/