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Published on Friday, March 7, 2014

Marijuana legislation is still a work in progress

Cities continue to remind legislators that we need a portion of the new marijuana excise tax revenue. As the legislature enters the final week of the session, SB 5887 is still a work in progress in the Senate. The bill is expected to pass out of the Senate today or Saturday. The bill still contains provisions to reconcile medical and recreational marijuana, but there are additional revisions to address patient concerns.

The likelihood that the bill will contain revenue sharing remains unclear. At this point, we believe that the Senate will include some limited revenue local sharing in SB 5887. However, it will likely be a relatively small amount and there is no guarantee that the House will agree to revenue sharing.

Once the bill passes the Senate, it will then move to the House for consideration. But, time is very short so the House will need to act quickly if the bill is to pass before the end of session on Thursday.

Cities must continue to let both Senators and House members know that this bill must pass and it must include revenue for cities.

Legislator contact information

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We also want to express our appreciation to our legislative champions on this issue – Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center), Rep. Cary Condotta (R-Wenatchee), Rep. Eileen Cody (D-Seattle), Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle), Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), Rep. Joel Kretz (R- Wauconda), and many others who have been working on this issue.