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Published on Friday, January 12, 2018

A trio of marijuana bills that impact cities will be heard in the House

The House Commerce and Gaming Committee will hear marijuana-related bills on Monday, January 15 at 1:30 pm. AWC has significant concerns with how these bills would impact cities:

Preemption of local governments in regulating medical marijuana co-ops (HB 2471) – Sponsored by Rep. Steve Kirby (D-Tacoma), this bill would prohibit cities and towns from regulating medical marijuana cooperatives unless expressly granted authority from the state.

Home grow of recreational marijuana (HB 2559) – Sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen), this bill would allow each housing unit to grow up to six marijuana plants and harvest up to 24 ounces of useable marijuana. The bill does not prevent a landlord from prohibiting home grow in the lease. The bill contains no state or local government oversight of the home grow operations.

Home delivery for medical marijuana (HB 2574) – Sponsored by Rep. Shelby Kloba (D-Kirkland), this bill establishes a medical marijuana delivery endorsement to a marijuana retailer’s license that authorizes the retailer to make deliveries to a qualifying medical marijuana patient. The delivery must be made to a private residence or lodging business. The Liquor and Cannabis Board would implement and administer the program.

We are monitoring these bills. Please contact Logan or Shannon with any questions or concerns.

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