Senator Jeannie Kohl-Welles and Representative Brian Blake have filed companion bills in the state’s House and Senate to legalize the personal cultivation of cannabis for everyone 21 and older.

Senate Bill 6083 and House Bill 2196 would allow those 21 and older to cultivate up to six cannabis plants at a private residence, and would allow them to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis harvested from those plants. The proposal would also allow for the legal transfer of up to an ounce of cannabis.

This change would be a huge step forward for our state, allowing adults the option of cultivating their own cannabis rather than relying solely on recreational cannabis outlets, which there are currently few of, with many cities having none. It would also provide another deterrent to the black-market, which oftentimes funds criminal syndicates.

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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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Support Senate Bill 5012 to Allow Unlicensed Hemp Cultivation

February 7, 2015

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 […]

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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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