A bipartisan proposal filed recently in Washington State would prohibit cities from banning recreational cannabis businesses, which are expected to begin opening this summer. 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.