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.
“This bill is about consistency, congruency and especially, freedom” says Representative Blake. “Adults in our state can brew their own beer and make their own wine for personal consumption. Just like alcohol, marijuana can be used safely and responsibly, so it makes sense to allow adults to home grow their own if they want to.”
Although Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and the District of Columbia have all legalized recreational cannabis, only Washington retains the full illegality of personal cannabis cultivation.
Washington residents in support of these bills should contact their district’s legislators – which they can look up by clicking here – and urge them to support Senate Bill 6083 and House Bill 2196!