Olympia, WA: House lawmakers have passed amended legislation, Senate Bill 5073, that seeks to establish a regulatory system for the distribution of cannabis to qualified patients. Senate lawmakers had previously approved a version of the legislation.
The measure must now be re-approved by Senate lawmakers before heading to the Governor’s desk. According to media reports, Gov. Chris Gilgore has stated that she has “concerns” about the bill’s language.
The measure does not limit existing legal protections afforded to patients who elect to cultivate their own cannabis for medical purposes.
The proposal also seeks to enact added legal protections, avoiding arrest altogether, for patients who voluntarily register with the state.
For more information on SB 5073, please visit the website of the American Civil Liberties Union here: http://www.aclu-wa.org/legislative-agenda/regulating-medical-marijuana.