Customers limited to buying one ounce of marijuana at a time in WA



Posted on June 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 7:06 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—KREM 2 News looked into how much marijuana a customer will be able to buy at one time once the sales of the drug begin in Washington State.

Officials said anyone looking to buy marijuana for recreational use would only be allowed to have one ounce of pot at a time. That amount could fill up a small sandwich bag. If you bought a drug that is denser, you could still reach an ounce in about half of that bag.

"An ounce of cannabis is usually quite a bit,” said Paul Lugo with Herbal Connection.

Staff at Herbal Connection, a medical marijuana dispensary, said that amount of the drug was more than most patients buy each time they visit.

"It's not unusual for someone to use an ounce or more over the course of a month, especially medically and even recreationally,” said Lugo.

Patients typically paid around $70 for one-eighth of an ounce, according to officials.

"Quality is a huge factor, if you buy an ounce of low quality stuff, you may use it up in two weeks rather than a month,” said Lugo.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board would limit recreational customers to buying one ounce. There was no policy in place to check if someone had already bought an ounce from one store before they go to another store. Experts in the field and state regulators hoped customers would follow the guidelines in place.

"Use the product responsibly and make the laws work for us,” said Lugo.

Staff at Herbal Connection said it was important to remember that different amounts of marijuana would have a different impact on one person compared to another.