Proposal Filed in Washington State to Prohibit Cities From Banning Cannabis Businesses

A bipartisan proposal filed recently in Washington State would prohibit cities from banning recreational cannabis businesses, which are expected to begin opening this summer.wa The measure has been assigned to the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee, and is scheduled for a public hearing on January 30th.

Under the proposed law, if a city decides to move forth with a ban of cannabis businesses, they would lose their portion of state liquor-license funding; roughly $50 million is distributed to cities annually.

This measure is designed to stop a potential “legal cannabis freeze” that could occur if most of the cities in the state decide to ban cannabis stores, according the bill’s primary sponsor Representative David Sawyer.

If you live in Washington State and support this proposal, please call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000, and ask lawmakers to vote in favor of House Bill 2322.

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    • Gregory Veenhuizen on February 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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    I’m thinking of starting a legal growing business in Jefferson county how easy is it to get the proper permits to start?

      • cheryl on February 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm
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      you would have had all your paperwork and fees in by the end of December to get in to the running for grower , processor or retail licence.

      • Rick on March 11, 2014 at 9:12 am
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      They are no longer accepting applications. They have way more applicants than they need and people will be chosen by way of lottery. The rest are out of luck. The first license has been issued to a Spokane man by the name of “green” lol

    • Patricia Guenther on January 23, 2014 at 10:03 am
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    I totally agree with this bill. It is the law, the citizens voted it in. People are getting very tired of elected officials from the city, county, state and federal government deciding they know better than we the people do!

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