The bill now awaits action from Democrat Governor Jay Inslee.
As passed, the measure amends state law to allow for licensed cannabis retailers to produce and sell cannabis concentrates, which are defined as extract products possessing a THC concentration of greater than 60 percent.
Under the state’s 2012 I-502 initiative, retailers are permitted to sell to those over the age of 21 up to one ounce of marijuana, and/or 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, and/or up to 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form. House Bill 2304 allows retailers to additionally sell up to seven grams of marijuana concentrates to a customer at one time.
Earlier this month, state regulators began issuing retail licenses to individuals seeking to commercially produce and sell cannabis. Retail marijuana operations are anticipated to be up and running in the state by this summer.
Separate legislation that sought to impose regulations on Washington’s existing medical marijuana program and would have restricted the amount of cannabis patients may legally possess and cultivate died last week upon the session’s adjournment.
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