Companion Bills to Legalize Cannabis Cultivation Filed in Washington’s House and Senate

Legislation to legalize the personal cultivation of recreational cannabis for those 21 and older has been filed in Washington’s House and Senate.cannabisplant

Senate Bill 6083, sponsored by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and House Bill 2196, sponsored by Representative Brian Blake, would both allow anyone 21 and older to cultivate up to six cannabis plants at their private residence, and would allow those who cultivate cannabis to possess up to eight ounces of usable cannabis obtained from their plants. Only one six-plant grow would be allowed per domicile.

“This bill would protect patients as well as recreational users,” says Senator Kohl-Welles. “It also would create a bright line for law enforcement officers so that they could easily assess how many plants are growing in a residence, check for age and quickly decide if the operation is legal without hassling residents.”

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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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