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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Washington State Medical Cannabis Law Defended

March 14, 2014

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 […]

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House Bill 2116 Receives Strong Support in Public Safety Committee, Vote On Defelonization Delayed

February 5, 2014

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 […]

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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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