WA Bill to End Dispensaries, Reduce Patients’ Rights, Scheduled for Public Hearing
A bill to shut down every medical cannabis dispensaries in Washington State, and to significantly reduce patients’ rights, has been scheduled for a public hearing on March 5th in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. The measure has already been approved by the state’s Senate.
Senate Bill 5052 would shut down every dispensary in the state, would establish a mandatory patient registry and would reduce the amount of cannabis a patient can possess (from 24 ounces to 3) and cultivate (from 15 plants to 6).
Recreational cannabis retail outlets would be given the opportunity to apply for a medical cannabis endorsement – which would require staff to take a mandatory Department of Health-approved class – which would demonstrate that they’re “knowledgeable in the medical use of marijuana”. These outlets would apply for the endorsement from The Liquor Control Board, which would be renamed to the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board and given regulatory authority over the cannabis industry.
Those in Washington who oppose this effort should contact their district’s lawmakers – which can be found by clicking here – and ask them to vote against Senate Bill 5052. Those who can make it should attend the public hearing and let their voice be heard.