Washington state lawmakers are weighing whether to allow residents to grow marijuana at home, extending a debate in the House of Representatives that has dragged on for years. A bipartisan bill unveiled late last week would allow adults 21 and older to grow up to six cannabis plants, but only if the plants produce marijuana. The policy is similar to that in neighboring Oregon and almost every other state that has legalized marijuana, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group.
Lawmakers in Washington have repeatedly introduced bills that go back at least to 2015, but not a single one has made it to the vote, and so far the measure has stalled. Whether the new law has a chance of passing is questionable, though its supporters say they will get the support of a majority of their House colleagues.
The latest bill, HB 1019, introduced last week by Drew Hansen, D-Seattle, is a follow-up to last year's legislation, which was a measure that stalled a year earlier.
Republican Brian Blake, who had previously supported the push, is out of office but wants to make sure the law is introduced and heard. Kloba said in an email that he did not want the effort to be in vain after leaving parliament in January. Last year, too, there were individual attempts that failed.
The measure would allow adults 21 and older to grow up to six cannabis plants per person, while households could grow no more than 15 plants in total. The plants would be labeled for sale under the Washington Alcohol and Cannabis Control Act.
Although the Washington House of Representatives is remote-controlled this year, far fewer laws have been passed than in previous years. It is unclear where the bill will end up, but the spokesman has made clear that his top priority will be police accountability.