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Washington: Medical Cannabis Expansion Legislation Signed by Governor

Update: Governor Inslee signed SB 5131 on May 16.

House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, SB 5131, to expand medical cannabis access. The measure now awaits action from Gov. Jay Inslee.

Senate Bill 5131 permits "Qualified medical marijuana patients and designated providers to purchase immature plants, clones, or seeds from a licensed producer. In order to purchase plants or clones the patients and providers must hold a recognition card and be entered in the medical marijuana authorization database."

The bill also allows non-patients over the age of 21 to legally share cannabis with other adults for no remuneration. 

SB 5131 also calls for a study committee to consider amending state law so that non-patients may cultivate personal quantities of cannabis at home. It states, "Not later than December 1, 2017, the state liquor and cannabis board must provide the appropriate committees of the legislature written findings and recommendations regarding the adoption and implementation of a regulatory and enforcement system for the legalization of marijuana plant possession and cultivation by recreational marijuana users.” Washington is the only adult use marijuana state that does not allow home cultivation. 

Please use the pre-written letter below and urge the Governor to sign SB 5131 into law.



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