Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, and Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, announced today that they had introduced a House and a Senate bill to clarify the state’s medical marijuana regulation.
The bills, SB 5073 and HB 1100, would retain the legal limits on marijuana possession in the state, but would require the Department of Agriculture to regulate growing medical marijuana and the Department of Health to license medical marijuana dispensaries.
Changes being considered in Olympia will be closely watched by Tacoma city officials. They want changes in the medical marijuana measure approved by voters. The law doesn’t specifically allow dispensaries, but they have sprouted up in Tacoma and elsewhere, taking advantage of a part of the law that allows patients to designate a provider to act for them.
Kohl-Welles seeks every year to amend the law. According to her announcement, the bills are also intended to protect medical marijuana patients and growers from arrest and warrantless searches.
Here is the full press release announcing the bills: