Marijuana on Federal Land
Posted: May 21, 2014
Contact: Chief Ranger's Office - 360-854-7252
North Cascades National Park Service Complex would like to provide clarification regarding the use of possession of marijuana on Federal lands. The recently passed Washington State law, which allows for limited recreational marijuana use under certain conditions, has no bearing on Federal laws which continue to identify marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug, and prohibit its use.
Possession of marijuana or use of any amount of marijuana is still prohibited in North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, their facilities, concessions, and campgrounds, and in the surrounding National Forest lands. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both (16 U.S.C. 551, 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).