Washington’s Full Legislature Passes Bill to Close Dispensaries, Reduce Patients’ Rights, Implement Patient Registry
Washington’s full Legislature has given approval to Senate Bill 5052, a proposal that would drastically reduce the rights of patients in the state, including shutting down every medical cannabis dispensary and implementing a patient registry.
The proposal was approved by the House of Representatives with a 60 to 36 vote on Friday, and was concurred this afternoon in the Senate with a 41 to 8 vote. The measure now heads to Governor Jay Inslee, who is expected to sign it into law.
If signed by the governor, or allowed to become law without his signature, Senate Bill 5052 would shutdown every currently operating medical cannabis dispensary, would reduce the amount of cannabis a patient can possess from 24 ounces to 3, and would reduce the amount of plants they can cultivate from 15 to 6. The measure would also establish a patient database, which patients would be required to join to receive legal protections. If a patient doesn’t join the registry, they’ll only be able to possess an ounce, and cultivate up to four plants.
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