Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act Introduced in Washington State

Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act Introduced in Washington State

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Washington state Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, filed legislation this week intended to align the currently unregulated medical marijuana system and that of the regulated recreational marijuana system.  Below are discrete audio clips from a Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act press conference held on January, 20 … here is a list of key provisions from SB 5519:

The Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act addresses the two conflicting marijuana systems using the regulatory structure created under Initiative Measure No. 502 and modifies that regulatory structure by:

  • Establishing medical grade marijuana products and providing for the sale of low-THC, high CBD products tax free for certain qualifying medical marijuana patients.
  • Creating a waiver process through the state Department of Health so that marijuana patients whose medical needs require more than six plants or who are under the age of 21 have access to medical grade marijuana. This would also allow patients who require high THC products to purchase those products without paying sales tax.
  • Permitting all individuals ages 21 or older, not just medical users, to grow marijuana for their own personal use.
    • these people may grow only six plants or fewer, per domicile and may donate up to one ounce of usable marijuana to another person without compensation.
  • Establishing a medical marijuana endorsement to the marijuana retailer license to allow retailers to hold themselves out as knowledgeable in the medical use of marijuana.
  • Establishing a marijuana research license.
  • Addressing local government issues around locating facilities by allowing local governments to adjust the buffer zones between licensees and certain facilities such as day care facilities and recreational centers.
  • Developing safe delivery methods for marijuana by establishing delivery and distribution licenses.

 

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles describes some the key provisions of the bill and tells a personal story of how she became involved in the reform of marijuana laws some 20 years ago. (14:11) …

 

Dan  Satterberg is King County Prosecuting Attorney and in this audio clip explains his support for the bill and the need to better control the black market. (4:56) …

 

Senator Jeannie Darneille is a Democrat from Washington’s 27th District which includes the city of Tacoma, and the Tacoma City Council is currently considering a ban on all medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, but Sen. Darnielle says she has asked them to wait and see the outcome of the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act.  According to Sen. Kohl-Welles, municipalities would still be able to ban I 502 operations under the new measure as written but could only do so through a local referendum and vote of the people.  In this audio clip Senator Jeannie Darnielle adds her support to the bill.  (4:42) …

 

Alison Holcomb wrote Initiative 502 and led the successful campaign to pass the legalization of adult-use recreational sale of cannabis in Washington state.  Holcomb was criminal justice director of ACLU Washington until recently being named national director of the ACLU Campaign to End Mass Incarceration.  But Holcomb is known as the architect of legal marijuana in Washington state and here expresses her support for the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act … her comments focus on the thorny issue of patient privacy in the context of a medical registry and Senator Kohl-Welles’ elegant solution to the problem.  (4:34) …

 

Muraco Kyashna-tochá is the Director of the Green Buddha Patient Co-op, the state’s oldest marijuana collective.  Here Muraco expresses her support for the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act.  (1:28) …

 

Rob Lane is a patient at Green Buddha co-op and describes his support for the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act. (:52) …

 

Jody Hall is owner of Seattle’s Cupcake Royale and is now developing a cannabis edibles company … she spoke in support of the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act.  (2:16) …

 

Alex Cooley owns Solstice, a cannabis production and associated products company and spoke in strong support of the bill.  (2:00) …