Washington House Committee Passes Measure to Legalize Marijuana Deliveries

A House Committee in Washington State has voted with an overwhelming majority to legalize marijuana deliveries by licensed retail outlets.

Marijuana DeliveriesHouse Bill 1712, which was filed by Representative David Sawyer (D) with cosponsor Representative Cary Condotta (R), was given approval by the House Commerce & Gaming Committee last Thursday. The committee voted 8 to 2, with Representatives Andrew Barkis (R) and Bill Jenkin (R) casting the sole “No” votes; Representative Jess Young (R) voted to pass the measure but “without recommendation”.

According to its legislative digest, the proposal; “Creates a marijuana delivery endorsement to a marijuana retailer’s license that authorizes the holder to deliver marijuana products to a person who is at least twenty-one years old at a private residence, hotel, motel, boarding house, resort, hostel, trailer camp, or similar lodging business.”

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WA: Bipartisan Bill Would Prevent State from Assisting in Federal Marijuana Crackdowns

A newly filed bipartisan measure would prohibit government employees (including any law enforcement official) in Washington from assisting in a federal crackdown of marijuana businesses that are legal under state law.

Individually packed grams of cannabis being sold in Washington.

House Bill 1895 was filed by State Representative David Sawyer (D), and is cosponsored by Representatives Cary Condotta (R), Brandon Vick and David Taylor (R); it has been assigned to the State Government, Elections & Information Technology Committee.

According to the legislative digest of the measure, it; “Prohibits a public employee from assisting or expending state resources to aid or assist the federal government with respect to an activity or inquiry related to a federal action or effort that might have the effect of impeding, obstructing, or interfering with the functioning or continued operation of the state laws, regulations, procedures, systems, or public agencies related to marijuana.”

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Bipartisan Washington State Bill Would Legalize Cannabis Cultivation for Everyone 21 and Older

cannabis cultivationInitiative 502, approved by Washington State voters in 2012, legalized the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis in dried form, up to 16 ounces in edible form, and up to 72 ounces in liquid form, for those 21 and older. The initiative also legalized cannabis retail outlets. What it didn’t legalize, however, was personal cultivation, which remains a felony.

Now, legislation – House Bill 2629 – has been filed in the state’s House of Representatives which would fix this, legalizing the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, and up to 24 ounces of cannabis harvested from said plants (currently the possession of over an ounce but under 40 grams is a misdemeanor; anything over 40 grams is a felony). The proposal was filed by Representatives Brian Blake (D), Cary Condotta (R), and Jessyn Farrell (D).

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