11/30/2017: "Changes May Be Coming On “Recreational” Marijuana Home Growers"
In 2017 the Legislature enacted and Gov. Inslee signed, ESSB 5131. Section 24 of the bill directed the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to study regulatory options for recreational marijuana home grows and provide findings and recommendations to “the appropriate committe
In conducting this study, the Legislature directed the WSLCB to consider the federal guidelines under the Cole Memorandum issued by the United States Department of Justice on August 29, 2013, which allows individual states to implement marijuana legalization policies, provided such states enact strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems that address public safety, public health, and law enforcement concerns as outlined in the memorandum.
Pursuant to the above referenced enactment, the WSLCB has provided their findings and recommendations to the fiscal committees of the House and Senate.
The WSLCB considered many options from tightly regulated approaches to no regulations but ultimately dismissed any considerations not consistent with the Cole Memo. Within the study you’ll find an Detailed recommendations and considerations begin on page 8.
It will now be up to the House and Senate to review the recommendations.