Chapter 9.09


9.09.010    Use of dangerous drugs in public.

9.09.020    Unlawful deposit of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

9.09.030    RCW section adopted – Unlawful possession of a legend drug.

9.09.040    Penalties for violations.

9.09.010 Use of dangerous drugs in public.

A. It is unlawful for any person to intentionally use any dangerous drug in a public place, except as now or hereafter authorized or expressly permitted by the laws of the state or except upon the written or oral order or prescription of a physician, surgeon, dentist, or other medical professional licensed to practice in the state and legally authorized to prescribe controlled substances.

B. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms or words shall be interpreted as follows:

1. “Dangerous drug” means any controlled substance classified in Schedule I, II, III or IV of Chapter 69.50 RCW excluding cannabis, as it now exists or shall hereafter be added to, deleted from, modified, or amended.

2. “Public place” means an area generally visible to public view and includes without limitation any place where the public has a right of access, which includes without limitation sidewalks, parking lots and parking garages, streets, alleys, highways, or roads; public buildings and grounds, including schools, parks, playgrounds, and meeting halls; establishments to which the public is invited including restaurants, theaters, stores, gas stations, meeting halls, lobbies, halls and dining rooms of hotels, bars, taverns, pubs, or establishments where beer or soft drinks may be sold, and their associated parking lots, parking structures, walkways, doorways, and entrances; railroad trains, light rail facilities, buses, and other public conveyances of all kinds and character, and their associated stations and platforms used in conjunction therewith which are open to unrestricted use and access by the public; and all other places of like or similar nature.

3. “Use” means any effort taken in furtherance of an attempt to inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce a controlled substance into the human body. [Ord. 2023-01 § 1].

9.09.020 Unlawful deposit of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly dump, throw, deposit, or discharge onto the ground or into any body of water any dangerous drug, as that term is defined in RMC 9.09.010(B)(1), or drug paraphernalia, as defined in RCW 69.50.102, as those referenced provisions are currently enacted or hereafter amended or recodified. [Ord. 2023-01 § 1].

9.09.030 RCW section adopted – Unlawful possession of a legend drug.

RCW 69.41.030, pertaining to possession of legend drug without prescription or order prohibited, as now or hereafter amended, is hereby adopted by reference as a part of this chapter in all respects as though the section were set forth herein in full. [Ord. 2023-01 § 1].

9.09.040 Penalties for violations.

Unless another section expressly provides otherwise, any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. [Ord. 2023-01 § 1].