Potential Medical Marijuana Regulations Move Closer To Becoming Washington Law

WASHINGTON: Three bills that would tighten the regulation of Washington’s medical marijuana system are moving closer to becoming law.

House Bill 2149 passed out of the House Appropriations Committee Monday by a 26-4 vote. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle.

Senate Bills 5887 and 6178 each passed 6-1 in the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor on Friday. Both were second substitute versions. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, is the prime sponsor for SB 6178 and Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, is the prime sponsor for SB 5887.

Each piece of legislation would align the limited regulations currently in place for medical marijuana, which set possession limits for patients with qualifying health conditions, with the expansive regulatory system for recreational marijuana created by Initiative 502.

Senate bills 5887 and 6178 “are coming together very closely and likely are works in progress,” said Sen. Kohl Welles, who voted for both bills to pass out committee.