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Bill #:  5887

Major  Support

Reconciling medical and recreational marijuana markets and providing revenue sharing for local governments

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.



Senate - House - CMTE - DEAD


Summary/AWC comments


On the last day of the legislative session, many changes were proposed to the bill including a striking amendment that took out all portions relating to I-502 statutes. Legislators were unable to agree on a final version before adjournment. Reconciling the markets and revenue sharing will be key topics next session. 

3ESSB 5887 reconciles medical and recreational marijuana and provides marijuana revenue to cities and counties.

The version that passed the Senate had the following components:


This bill contains NO revenue for local governments

Medical/Recreational Marijuana

·  Renames the Liquor Control Board to the Liquor and Cannabis Board

 ·  The Liquor and Cannabis Board must consider access to medical-marijuana when determining the number of retail outlets statewide and their locations.

 ·  Clarifies that recreational retail stores can apply to have a medical-marijuana endorsement to sell medical marijuana product. Recreational stores cannot authorize medical use, only sell to qualifying patients. This takes place July 1, 2015.

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Stores have the option to only sell medical-marijuana to qualifying patients. LCB will develop rules on any additional requirements for these types of stores.

 ·  Collective gardens could operate until Nov., 2015

 ·  Creates a registry of qualifying patients to be accessed by health care professionals, sellers and appropriate local state and federal law enforcement or prosecutors. 

 ·  Allows recreational stores to sell marijuana concentrates or extracts which helps some of the medical patients get the marijuana in the form they need. A person can possess 7 grams of marijuana concentrates.

 ·  A qualifying patient can have any combination of the following: 3oz of usable, 48oz of marijuana-infused in solid form, 216oz of marijuana-infused in liquid form and 21grams of marijuana concentrates. They can also grow up to 6 plants at home.

 ·  A health care professional may authorize amounts in excess of the above for a patient to 8oz of usable or 15 plants.

 · Creates a marijuana cooperative option for people who do not have access otherwise through medical sales. This replaces the concept of collective gardens and the coop must be registered with the Liquor and Cannabis Board and must include all members’ names. The coop can have up to four people and each of these members must participate in a non-financial way, meaning they must do some sort of labor to be a part of the coop.

 Taxes/Revenue for Local Gov’t

 ·  Exempts medical marijuana sales from state sales and use tax beginning July 1, 2015.

 ·  No longer shares any revenue with local governments.

 Workgroups/Task Forces

 ·  Creates a workgroup of representatives of the medical quality assurance commission, naturopaths and other medical marijuana community representatives to develop practice guidelines for health care professionals to consider when authorizing the medial use of marijuana for patients.

 ·  Creates a task force that includes local government members to review the number of medical marijuana endorsements issued by the board, the number of purchases made by qualifying patients and to evaluate the market and needs.

 AWC supported reconciliation of the two markets, and asked that 3ESSB 5887 be amended to include revenue sharing with local governments.
So many changes were proposed on the bill that no agreement could be reached on a final version.


Latest version of bill:

Link to WA Legislative bill page

Official title:

AN ACT Relating to the medical use of cannabis;

Sponsors:

Rivers, Tom, Litzow

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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Jane Wall
Lobbyist:  Candice Bock

Issue Area

Law & Justice

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