In Washington, lawmakers recently approved a bill that would do harm to, and greatly inconvenience thousands of people with debilitating conditions across the state. Senate Bill 5052, which now sits on Governor Jay Inslee’s desk after passing the state’s House and Senate, would shut down every medical cannabis dispensary in the state, reduce the amount of cannabis a patient can possess by over 80%, and would establish a patient registry that many activists and attorneys say is in clear violation of federal HIPAA laws.
Washington’s full Legislature has given approval to Senate Bill 5052, a proposal that would drastically reduce the rights of patients in the state, including shutting down every medical cannabis dispensary and implementing a patient registry.
The proposal was approved by the House of Representatives with a 60 to 36 vote on Friday, and was concurred this afternoon in the Senate with a 41 to 8 vote. The measure now heads to Governor Jay Inslee, who is expected to sign it into law.
Washington’s House Committee on Commerce and Gaming has unanimously approved a bill to legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp.
Specifically, the bill “Allows industrial hemp to be grown, produced, possessed, and commercially traded in the state”. Farmers wanting to cultivate the plant would be required to maintain 0.3% THC or less in all of their crops.
Senate Bill 5012 has already been approved by the state’s full Senate with a unanimous 49 to 0 vote, though it was amended in committee to establish a regulatory framework where licenses to cultivate hemp are distributed by the state’s Department of Agriculture.