New Medical Cannabis Law Now in Effect in Washington State

medcanDrastic changes to Washington State’s medical cannabis law are now in effect, as of Friday, July 1st. Among the changes is an over 80% reduction in the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate, and the introduction of a patient database that some attorneys say is against federal HIPAA laws.

Under the new law – Senate Bill 5052 – patients can possess up to an ounce of cannabis, whereas they were previously allowed to have up to 24 ounces in their possession; if they join the patient registry, they can possess up to three ounces. As for cultivating cannabis, patients’ limits are dropping from 15 plants, to four, or six if they join the registry.

The new law also forces shut any medical cannabis dispensary that isn’t licensed with the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Control Board.

Seattle attorney Douglas Hiatt, founder of the nonprofit organization Sensible Washington, recently filed a lawsuit against the state seeking to overturn the new law.

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    • Laura on July 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    people don’t understand how much “weed” cannabis you use when making oils, lotions, edibles I use 4 oz per butter batch and up to a pound to make RSO so until you have make it and need it to survive this body God gave me Shut the F up about 24 oz I pray they over turn this hateful money greed law

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2016 at 7:45 am
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    Why the fuck be limited to only 1 though…. that’s bs

    • Robert on July 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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    who the fuck needs 24 ounces of weed?

      • Kent Augsburger on July 2, 2016 at 12:06 am
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      Me I do and what fucking business is it of yours how much I have or smoke or use why is it everybody’s else’s business about it hey government stay the fuck out of my daily life Robert sounds like an idiot

        • RV on July 2, 2016 at 11:39 am
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        1.5 lbs of marijuana would be sufficient for six months to a year for an average medical marijuana patient. Find me another drug that is prescribed in a year supply and we can talk about it.

    • Fluffhead on July 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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    Boycott 502 stores until we get reasonable laws

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