WA: Bill Prohibiting Use of Public Resources to Assist Federal Marijuana Crackdown Receives Public Hearing

Legislation to protect Washington State’s legal marijuana industry from federal intrusion received a public hearing today in the state’s House Finance Committee.

House Bill 2124 “Prohibits the use of public resources to assist the federal government in any activity that might impede or interfere with revenue to the operating budget pursuant to Washington state’s regulation of marijuana and marijuana-related products as prescribed by the laws of the state of Washington.” The measure “Provides that a public employee who knowingly violates this prohibition may be subject to disciplinary proceedings.”

The measure, filed by Representative David Sawyer (D) along with a bipartisan coalition of six other lawmakers, received a public hearing today in its initial committee. Representative Sawyer spoke in favor of the bill, stating that although a large number of people signed up to speak and express their support, he asked them to withhold from doing so in order to respect the committee member’s time. No one spoke in opposition to the measure.

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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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