In a huge victory for patients, Washington’s Legislature has failed to approve any negative changes to the state’s medical cannabis law.

House Bill 2149 passed the state’s House of Representatives last month, and Senate Bill 5887 passed the state’s Senate last week. Both measures would have brought forth a mandatory patient registry, drastically reduced the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate, and would have shutdown collective gardens.

Fortunately, both bills have failed to advance before the end of the session – March 13th – and are now dead.

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House Bill 2116, our proposal to defelonize personal drug possession, has received enough support in the House Public Safety Committee to be approved, according to Representative Roger Goodman, Chair of the committee. However, given that it’s a short-session, and the vote would be along party lines, Representative Goodman has decided to postpone a vote for this session, in order to grow support for the issue, with hopes of getting legislation passed next year.

Although we would have clearly liked to get legislation through this year, we remain excited and optimistic in the face of growing support for defelonization. In addition to garnering official endorsements from numerous lawmakers and organizations, House Bill 2116 received a public hearing in the House Public Safety Committee – the first ever for removing felony charges for personal drug possession in Washington State – where not a single person or organization spoke in opposition.

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Support House Bill 2233 to Protect Medical Cannabis

January 22, 2014

Legislation to protect medical cannabis patients and collectives has been filed in Washington’s House of Representatives. Under the proposed law  (House Bill 2233) medical cannabis patients would receive defined arrest protection, as would medical cannabis collectives who simply receive a business license from the state. The measure was formulated by Sensible Washington in conjunction with Americans for Safe Access. […]

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Legislation Filed in Washington State to Defelonize Personal Drug Possession

December 20, 2013

[Update, January 10th, 2013: House Bill 2116 will receive a public hearing in the House Public Safety Committee Tuesday, January 14th at 10AM in Hearing Room B of the John L. O'Brien House Office Building in Olympia.] Legislation was filed last week in Washington State to remove felony charges for personal drug possession. The proposal (House Bill […]

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Protect Patients’ Rights in Washington State

October 25, 2013

[Update 11/7/2013]: If you click here you can fill out a form which will instantly send an e-mail to your three district legislators, urging them to protect patients’ rights – it only takes seconds.] Recently the Washington State Liquor Control Board – which is tasked through a budget proviso to give recommendations to the legislature for medical […]

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Measure to Defelonize Simple Drug Possession Garners Eight Legislative Sponsors, Will Receive Hearing

October 9, 2013

[Update 11/21/2013: We're excited to announce that Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a national organization consisting of thousands of former law enforcement officials, has officially endorsed this proposal to defelonize personal drug possession.] A recently announced proposal to remove felony charges for personal drug possession has garnered eight legislative sponsors in both the House and Senate. […]

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