New Medical Cannabis Law Now in Effect in Washington State

medcanDrastic changes to Washington State’s medical cannabis law are now in effect, as of Friday, July 1st. Among the changes is an over 80% reduction in the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate, and the introduction of a patient database that some attorneys say is against federal HIPAA laws.

Under the new law – Senate Bill 5052 – patients can possess up to an ounce of cannabis, whereas they were previously allowed to have up to 24 ounces in their possession; if they join the patient registry, they can possess up to three ounces. As for cultivating cannabis, patients’ limits are dropping from 15 plants, to four, or six if they join the registry.

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WA: Average Price of Legal Cannabis Drops to $10 a Gram

A gram of legal recreational cannabis being sold in Washington.The price of legal recreational cannabis in Washington State has dropped to an average of $10 a gram, down from $25 – $30 a gram when sales first began in 2014. This is according to the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Control Board.

The drop in price is attributed to two factors; an increase in the number of retail outlets and cultivation centers which has increased competition, and a recent change in the state’s tax structure. Initially cannabis was taxed 25% at three different levels, but due to changes made by state lawmakers in the last legislative session, cannabis is now taxed only once; 37% at the point of sale.

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Washington: Only 22% of Voters Believe Cannabis Legalization Has Had a Negative Effect

wapicSupport for cannabis legalization has increased among Washington voters since they approved Initiative 502 in 2012, and a vast majority feel that the change in law has been a positive one, according to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey.

“[I]n 2012 Washingtonians voted to legalize marijuana usage by 12 points”, says Tom Jenson of PPP in a Wednesday press release. “Now voters in the state say they support marijuana being legal by 19 points, 56/37. 77% of voters say marijuana being legal has either had a positive impact on their life or no impact at all, with likewise only 22% claiming marijuana legalization has affected them negatively.”

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