On Wednesday, Representatives Luis Moscoso (D-Mountlake Terrace), Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo) and Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Wall) introduced House Bill 2058, a proposal to provide defined arrest protection for medical cannabis patients and to establish a licensing and regulation system for dispensaries.

House Bill 2058 is an excellent approach to clarifying, strengthening and legitimizing Washington’s medical cannabis law. We strongly supports this thoughtful, reasonable proposal.

Thankfully, House Bill 2058 stands in stark contrast to Senate Bill 5052, which has been passed by two committees in the Senate. Senate Bill 5052 would shut down all dispensaries in our state, establish a mandatory patient registry and reduce the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate. Whereas Senate Bill 5052 is unwanted and regressive, House Bill 2058 is a positive and compassionate step forward.

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Senate Bill 5012, put forth by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, would allow for the unlicensed cultivation of industrial hemp, and would direct Washington State University to study the crop, with a report due to the Legislature by January 14th, 2016.

Under SB 5012 - which has been placed in the House Commerce & Gaming Committee after being approved unanimously by the Senate – hemp would become an “agricultural product that may be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in the state.” This could be done without a license, though the hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC.

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Why We Oppose Newly Announced Legislation to Combine Cannabis Markets

January 20, 2015

Today, Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) announced that she will be filing legislation this week to “align the currently unregulated medical marijuana system and that of the regulated recreational marijuana system”. As part of this proposal, all current medical cannabis dispensaries would be shut down, patients would be able to apply for a tax-exemption waiver, and […]

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Support House Bill 1024 to Defelonize Personal Drug Possession in Washington State

January 5, 2015

[Update 1/6/2015: House Bill 1024 has received a public hearing date in the House Public Safety Committee, which will occur at 10AM on January 16th at the John L. O’Brien Building in Olympia (504 15th Avenue Southeast).] House Bill 1024, filed by Representative Sherry Appleton on December 8th, would remove felony charges for the personal […]

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Drug Sentencing Reform Bill to Be Filed Next Month in Washington State

November 25, 2014

[Update: House Bill 1024 was filed by Representative Appleton on December 8th.] Legislation to remove felony charges for the personal possession of illegal substances will be prefiled in the House of Representatives next month by Rep. Sherry Appleton (D, 23rd District). The proposal, which will be identical to House Bill 2116 from the 2014 session, […]

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Legislation to Defelonize Personal Drug Possession to be Prefiled in December, 2014

May 28, 2014

This December, legislation will be prefiled in the Washington State Legislature to remove felony charges for the the personal possession of illegal substances. Identical to House Bill 2116, a proposal introduced by Sensible Washington in the last legislative session, the measure will be sponsored by Representative Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo) in the House and will have multiple cosponsors […]

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