Updated June 8, 2016

The Commission is working with state agency and community partners to prevent underage marijuana use in Washington State. Voters passed Initiative 502 in 2012, which legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over. The Commission has heard concerns regarding I-502 implementation and is working to educate parents and families about the new law. Preventing underage marijuana use is a key goal of Results Washington, Gov. Inslee’s data-driven continuous improvement system.

Below are resources for the public and a summary of CAPAA’s efforts to help prevent underage use of marijuana.


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Know the Facts Cards

A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Underage Marijuana Use


Educating the Public

Implementation of Initiative 502


Commission Efforts to Prevent Underage Marijuana Use

Public education


  • Held public board meetings on preventing underage marijuana use;
  • Request collection of disaggregated data on the Healthy Youth Survey to ensure policymakers understand how marijuana use affects AAPI youth;
  • Coordination with the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Advocating Together (APICAT) to ensure community concerns are brought to state policymakers;
  • Coordination with Department of Health and Department of Social & Health Services to ensure public education and prevention efforts are culturally and linguistically appropriate;
  • Updated Governor Inslee at Sept. 2014 Results Washington Review (clip below); and
  • Submitted letter to lawmakers during the 2015 legislative session regarding adequate funding for youth substance abuse treatment, prevention, education, research, and community health to reduce underage marijuana use.