A series of bills have been introduced to the Washington House and Senate, on the heels of the recommendations for addressing medical marijuana, released by a tri-agency commission headed by the Department of Revenue, Department of Health, and the Liquor Control Board. Those recommendations took an aggressive approach to reforming the medical marijuana system with respect to the new regime for recreational marijuana.
HB 2149 (introduced by Rep. Cody) was recently passed the Health Care and Wellness Committee. Among other provisions, it would put the medical system under the supervision of the Liquor Control Board and reduce possession limits for medical marijuana from 24 ounces to just three. Two bills in the Senate, SB 5887 (sponsored by Sen. Rivers) and SB 6178 (sponsored by Sen. Kohl-Welles), set up registries to track medical marijuana patients. Both also reduce the number of plants allowed to be grown for medical purposes, though by different amounts.
Liquor Control Board Director Rick Garza states “these bills in many ways reflect the liquor board’s recommendations.”