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Cannabis use and misuse

Addressing cannabis use and misuse is a state priority.

  • There are 469 locations in Washington to obtain retail and/or medical cannabis (Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board, April 2024).
  • About 1 in 10 cannabis users will develop substance use disorder. For people who begin using before the age of 18, that number is 1 in 6 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 
  • Use of high THC products may be especially risk for youth and young adults. The Washington State Legislature recently passed a bill requiring more research into the potential negative effects of high THC cannabis, with reports due between 2025 and 2028. 

Cannabis use in Washington State:

Prevention strategies are being implemented throughout the state at local, county, and state levels, across the Continuum of Care that influence multiple domains and risk and protective factors. Here is a list of some state-wide initiatives focused specifically on cannabis: