Washington Lawmakers Pass Legislation to Legalize Personal Marijuana Cultivation

Washington State’s House Commerce and Gaming Committee has passed legislation that would allow those 21 and older to grow marijuana for personal use.

House Bill 2559, filed by Representatives Brian Blake (D) and Cary Condotta (R), would authorize “an adult age 21 or over to possess six or less marijuana plants and up to 24-ounces of useable marijuana harvested from the plants”. The measure specifies that “no more than six marijuana plants may be grown or possessed on the premises of a single housing unit under the authorization, regardless of the number of residents living on the premises.”

House Bill 2559 must now pass through a second committee before it can be voted on by the full House of Representatives. If approved by the House it will move to the Senate, where passage would send it to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration.

At this time it’s unclear whether or not Governor Inslee would sign the bill if given a chance, though he has been largely supportive of the state’s legal marijuana system.

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