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Washington Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

By Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director

Governor Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5131, expanding patients’ access to medical cannabis and instructing regulators to consider home cultivation by non-patients.

The new law for the first time allows registered patients to legally purchase marijuana seeds, clones, and immature plants from licensed providers.

Other provisions in the law permit non-patients to legally share cannabis products with one another, and task the State Liquor and Cannabis Board to make recommendations regarding whether to permit the home cultivation of limited quantities of cannabis by adults. Washington is the only state that regulates the adult use of and commercial sale of cannabis, but does not permit adults to legally grow the plant themselves.

Full text of the engrossed measure is available here.

For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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