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Published on Monday, February 23, 2015

Priority marijuana proposals advance in the Senate

There was good progress in the Senate last week on two of AWC’s priorities related to marijuana policy.

The Senate passed 2SSB 5052, the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, to regulate medical marijuana. The bill passed with a strong bi-partisan vote of 36 in favor and 11 opposed. It now heads to the House where it awaits a hearing in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.

SSB 5417, which provides for revenue sharing with local governments, advanced out of the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee and now awaits action in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Please contact your members on the Committee and ask them to bring the bill up for a hearing and advance it out of Committee.

Additionally, last week, Rep. Carlyle (D-Seattle), Chair of the House Finance Committee, introduced a new title only bill, HB 2136, that may end up being the vehicle in the House that will address revenue sharing as well as other marijuana policy issues. Meanwhile, the omnibus marijuana policy bill, HB 1461, failed to advance out of committee and is now considered dead for the session.

Categories: Marijuana