A Legal Hotline Article - Under federal law, there are no exceptions to the above. Under state law, following implementation of Initiative 502, there are limited exceptions. The exceptions create a framework that limits quantity and the conditions under which marijuana can be possessed, grown and manufactured. Variance from the strict regulatory framework renders the conduct criminal, even under state law. Distribution is a crime under both state and federal law. (For the purposes of this article, medical marijuana has no special distinction. All of the warnings regarding I-502 marijuana practices apply equally to medical marijuana. In fact, all medical marijuana activity is now illegal in Washington State and garners no special protection under Fair Housing Laws.)
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