WASHINGTON: There won’t be private cannabis clubs in Washington anytime soon. State lawmakers outlawed the establishment of such clubs, places where people could go to legally use marijuana. The ban caught legal pot advocates by surprise.
In the waning days of the Washington legislative session, an amendment banning cannabis clubs was added to a bill, House Bill 2136, meant to tweak the laws regarding the state’s fledgling legal marijuana industry.
Among other things, House Bill 2136 simplified taxes on marijuana, moving to a single point of sale tax, and loosened the restrictions on the location of pot businesses.
But, in the end, with the addition of Sect. 1401, the bill also prohibited private pot clubs. And legal pot advocate Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says it won’t just be illegal to set up such businesses.