Washington State’s New Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect July 1st

waSenate Bill 5052, a Washington measure to close every medical cannabis dispensary that’s not licensed with the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board while drastically reducing the amount of cannabis qualified patients can possess and cultivate, takes full effect on July 1st.

Senate Bill 5052signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on April 24, 2015 – requires all non-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries to shut their doors. The new law (titled the Cannabis Patient Protection Act) also reduces the amount of cannabis a patient can possess by over 80%; if an individual joins a patient registry, they can possess three ounces of cannabis, down from the current limit of 24 ounces, and can cultivate up to six plants, down from 15. If they don’t join the registry, their possession limit is just one ounce, and their cultivation limit just four plants.

Parts of Senate Bill 5052 – such as the provision changing the state’s Liquor Control Board to the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board – took effect months ago.

The new law doesn’t have an effect on cannabis retail outlets such as Clear Choice Cannabis (CCC), a dispensary in Tacoma that became licensed by the state after the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012. Locations such as CCC will be able to obtain a medical cannabis endorsement from the Liquor and Cannabis Board, which is meant to be a sign to consumers that they have knowledge of the medical benefits of the plant. We’ve confirmed with Clear Choice Cannabis (CCC), and they will be honoring medical cannabis patients in the Tacoma, WA area.

Seattle attorney Douglas Hiatt, founder of the nonprofit organization Sensible Washington, has filed a lawsuit seeking to place an injunction on, and overturn Senate Bill 5052.

5 thoughts on “Washington State’s New Medical Cannabis Law Takes Effect July 1st”

  1. Think its sad for people like me who this program has helped trmedously and if we run out we have to wait or find some in the streets dont know how they call it medical and then its so pricey thats what hurts our pockets

  2. So is insurance gonna cover my mmj now? They are making it so hard on the non cash cropers or the guy that only wants to produce once a year outside.

  3. This is meant to end Mmj in this state and it’s slowly becoming the model for legalization taking away the ability to grow your own and force you to buy overpriced garbage from former Mmj cash croppers and amateur rec businesses. Soon they will come after us patients as they demonize us as faking it to smoke tax free cannabis. Your next Cali enjoy AUMA that will pass.

  4. it is legal why the tight restrictions? We aren’t limited to 1 6-pack or 12 pack of beer 2 packs a day cigarettes or 6-pack or 12 pack of soda pop

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