Bill to Allow Unlimited Number of Marijuana Retail Outlets Filed in Washington

Currently the number of marijuana retail outlets in Washington is limited to what the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board feels is best. A newly filed bill in the House of Representatives would change this, allowing an unlimited number of outlets.

This move is one that cannabis advocates have called on for years; to simply let the free market determine the appropriate number of cannabis outlets rather than setting an arbitrary limit that benefits a few select business owners.

According to the legislative digest of House Bill 1096, it; “Eliminates the limit on the total number of marijuana retail outlets that may be licensed or medical marijuana endorsements that may be issued in the state or in any county, city, or town. Allows the state liquor and cannabis board to establish a limit on the total number of marijuana licenses that an individual licensee and all other persons or entities with a financial or other ownership interest in the business operating under the license may hold, in the aggregate.”

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Activists and Lawmakers March Forth With WA Bill to Defelonize Personal Drug Possession

A proposal to remove felony charges for the personal possession of any controlled substance will be prefiled in the House of Representatives this Decembersensiblewashington in Washington State, and will have at least a dozen sponsors according to Sensible Washington, the organization behind the measure.

Under current Washington State law, the possession of any controlled substance, regardless of the amount, is a felony charge which carries with it a potential 5 year prison sentence. The sole exception is cannabis, with up to 28 grams being legal, and between 28 and 40 grams being a misdemeanor. However, if someone possesses 41 or more grams of cannabis, even post-I-502, they’re committing a felony.

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