New Bills Introduced Would Allow Personal Marijuana Home Grows

WASHINGTON:  Recreational marijuana stores are springing up all over Washington state now that pot is legal. But it’s still illegal to grow your own marijuana, unless you have a medical marijuana permit, or you’re a commercial grower. State Sen. Jean Kohle-Welles says that needs to change, pointing out growing pot is legal in other states that have legalized weed.
 
Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and the District of Columbia all allow home grows,” said Kohl-Wells.
 
The bill, as well as a companion bill in the House sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake of Aberdeen would allow adults over 21 and older to grow six marijuana plants for personal use.  Growers could also possess up to 8 ounces of useable marijuana, and donate up to one ounce to another adult without compensation. But if people can grow their own pot would it hurt the recreational marijuana industry?
 
One recreational store owner says no. “I think it would be good for everybody to actually try it themselves and experience themselves,” said Noel Roberts, owner of Mary Mart in Tacoma.

New Bills Introduced Would Allow Personal Marijuana Home Grows

WASHINGTON:  Two bills introduced Thursday would allow people at least 21 years old to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use.

Senate Bill 6083, sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and House Bill 2196, sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake, would allow only one home grow per residence, and anyone who grows marijuana for personal use would be able to possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana and donate up to one ounce to another adult without compensation.

Bill sponsors said the legislation would help eliminate the need for multiple regulatory schemes and remove incentives driving the black market.

“This bill would protect patients as well as recreational users,” said Kohl-Welles. “It also would create a bright line for law enforcement officers so that they could easily assess how many plants are growing in a residence, check for age and quickly decide if the operation is legal without hassling residents.”

“This bill is about consistency, congruency and especially, freedom” said Blake. “Adults in our state can brew their own beer and make their own wine for personal consumption. Just like alcohol, marijuana can be used safely and responsibly, so it makes sense to allow adults to home grow their own if they want to.”