Washington Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Hemp Bill

field-of-hemp-2Recently we reported that Washington State Governor Jay Inslee vetoed a bill to legalize industrial hemp for research purposes – in addition to 26 other bills – due to the legislature failing to pass an unrelated budget bill. Now, the legislature has overriden the governor’s veto, enacting the bill into law.

Senate Bill 6206 was given unanimous approval by the state’s House of Representatives, with a 97 to 0 vote. The vote was also overwhelming, though not quite unanimous, in the Senate, with the vote 48 to 1. A two-thirds vote is required to override a governor veto, a number the legislature easily reached.

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Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales Underway in Washington State

The sale of legal recreational cannabis is officially underway in Washington State, with just over 20 outlets allowed to openĀ their doors bliss today to anyone 21 and older. Some outlets, like Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis, began salesĀ at 8AM this morning, the soonest they were legally allowed to do so. Prices range from $13 to $25 a gram, depending on the strain, and the outlet.

Under state law, recreational cannabis stores can sell up to an ounce of cannabis to anyone 21 and older, as well as up to 16 ounces of cannabis-infused solids (brownies, cookies) and 72 ounces of cannabis-infused liquids (lotions, tinctures). You don’t have to be a resident of Washington State to purchase cannabis, you simply need a valid ID proving you’re at least 21 years old.

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