Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana

Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana

Cannabis 101

Cannabis is an annual flowering plant in the Cannabis genus. Humans have harvested it throughout time for industrial fiber, oil, recreation, spiritual pursuits, and as medicine. Cannabis is categorized into two types for consumption: Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. These plants contain cannabinoids, which are the active ingredients in cannabis. The most commonly known cannabinoids are THC, CBD, and CBN.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is is the principal cannabinoid of the cannabis plant and produces majority.

of the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana.

CBD – (Cannabidiol)

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, thought to be primarily

responsible for body pain relief.

CBN – (Cannabinol)

CBN is a psychoactive cannabinoid occurring after the degradation of THC, generally resulting in drowsiness.

Do I need a medical card to shop at Local Roots?

Nope! Local Roots Marijuana offers recreational marijuana and is open to the public, 21 years of age & over, with a valid ID.

What are the Washington State laws regarding cannabis?

The sale of cannabis in Washington is strictly regulated and it’s important for everyone to Know the Law. While it is legal for anyone 21 and over to purchase cannabis from a licensed recreational marijuana business, it is illegal to:

  • Give marijuana to minors
  • Sell marijuana unless you are a licensed business
  • Drive under the influence of marijuana
  • Consume marijuana in public
  • Take marijuana out of the state​
What is the difference between Sativa and Indica?

Traditionally, Cannabis Sativa is used during the daytime due to its high THC levels and its cerebral, uplifting effects. Sativa use commonly results in appetite stimulation, creativity enhancement, and an uplifted mood.

Cannabis Indica is often used at night, as its effects tend to be more sedative, relaxing, body-focused and "mellowed out". These reactions are attributed to higher ratios of CBD: THC.

Cannabis Hybrids are crossbreeds of sativa and indica strains that display characteristics of both plants. Hybrid plants are usually sativa or indica dominant and are genetically bred according to the desired traits.

Your products have percentages of THC/THCA/CBD listed. Why is that and should I care about it?

In accordance with WA State Law, all farms and producers are required to responsibly tests their cannabis for levels of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD called a potency analysis. At this point, the product(s) are also treated to a microbiology and foreign matter screening to gain quality assurance ratings. Only "Class A" ratings are allowed to be sold for any cannabis product in accordance with state law. Potency analysis test results are listed daily on our menus and can always be found on the product packaging. Microbiology and foreign matter test results are available upon request. 

"THC" refers to the amount of THC in the tricome crystals on the outside of the plant. "CBD" , likewise. The "A" sometimes listed with these percentages refers to the "Active" amount, or the actual amount received by the individual during the act of burning and inhalation. At this point, lab analysis varies between labs and there is no state oversight of the labs yet, thus these percentages (especially on flower) don't often reflect the strength or effects of the corresponding high.

What are the various forms of cannabis?

Cannabis is a flowering plant. The flower (bud) can be smoked or vaporized. It can also be extracted into a concentrated form. To produce concentrated forms of cannabis, a solvent or solvent-less extraction method is used, resulting in oil, hash, or wax. These products can be smoked, vaporized, or infused into food and topical products.

How is cannabis used?

Smoking/Vaporizing

  • The flower of cannabis can be ground and smoked out of a pipe, water pipe, or rolled into a joint. The flower can also be used with a vaporizer, heating the marijuana to a temperature lower than its combustion level yet high enough to activate the cannabinoids; this is a good option for users who do not want to inhale smoke. The onset of the effects of smoking and vaporizing cannabis are immediate.

Edibles

  • Concentrated forms of cannabis can be infused into food and beverage products. Once eaten, the active ingredients metabolize in the body through the gastrointestinal system. There are dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and gmo-free edibles available. When using this form of cannabis, the onset of the effects is typically delayed anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours with a longer-lasting high in the body. Edibles can have quite varying effects on each person. It is necessary to find a milligram dosage that works best for you. It is recommended to start off with a smaller dose and increase as your tolerance permits. If you have any questions or concerns about edibles, please feel free to ask our knowledgeable budtenders anytime you visit a Local Roots location. We are happy to help! 

Tinctures

  • Glycerine-based or alcohol extracted. Commonly used orally, and placed under the tongue (sublingually) or mixed with a drink and ingested.

Topicals

The topical use of cannabis can provide anti-inflammatory benefits when applied locally. It can be used for joint and muscle pain. This form of use, generally, does not induce psychoactive effects.

How do I determine the proper dosage?

Edible forms of cannabis are measured into milligrams (mg). For people with a low tolerance, a recommended starting dose is 5-10mg. Other forms of cannabis (flower, joints, concentrates like wax, shatter, etc.) are sold by the half-gram(0.5 g), full (1 g) gram, an eighth (3.5 g), a quarter (7 g), half-ounce (14 g) and full ounces (28 g). Due to personal body chemistry and individual tolerance levels, other forms of cannabis intake (smoking, vaporizing, dabbing, etc.) will vary considerably from person to person. Please feel free to ask your budtender any questions you might have about marijuana dosage!

How does Local Roots obtain it’s cannabis?

In accordance with state law, we do not grow our own cannabis and/or produce any cannabis products. Instead, Local Roots works closely with numerous farms and producers across Washington to bring you a wide range of high quality cannabis products. Steps are taken to ensure that all product coming through our stores is safe, legal, and, of course, something we would enjoy ourselves. Every product offered at Local Roots has been tried by someone in the company to ensure quality before being sold. 

Can I purchase cannabis seeds or clones or plants?

Currently, no. Local Roots stores only carry and sell closed and sealed cannabis products in accordance with WA State law. 

What is Live Resin, Shatter, Wax, BHO...?

Local Roots carries a wide variety of concentrates including Live Resin, Shatter/ BHO (Butane Hash Oil), and Wax that have been extracted using butane and similar processes. We also carry concentrate that has been extracted using CO2 instead, just ask your budtender. 

While some concentrates are butane extracted, Local Roots only selects BHO vendors with the highest quality products. The select products that make it to our shelves, have been thoroughly purged, resulting in a clean finished product with no residual harmful solvent.

Adult Use & The Law

FAQ's about legal cannabis use in Washington state

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: https://lcb.wa.gov/marj/marj

Can you take credit or debit cards?

Currently, we only accept debit cards (must have a pin number).

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.