After the pathetic partial-veto of WB 5073, the Washington State medical marijuana dispensary law, State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) is putting together a new proposal. This one would put the cities in charge.
It’s just a memo at this point, but is expected to become a bill soon. Highlights of what it’ll do:
- Establishes a Medical Cannabis Registry
- Permits NPCs (nonprofit patient cooperatives) to distribute cannabis for the medical use of its members.
- Local governments are not preempted from imposing zoning requirements, licensing requirements, permitting requirements, health and safety requirements, taxes or other conditions upon any entity producing, processing, or dispensing cannabis within their jurisdictions.
- Modifies the collective garden section that was signed into law by the Governor.
- Provides for maximum amounts of cannabis permitted to be at the locations of collective gardens and NPCs.
- An affirmative defense to those qualifying patients and designated providers who are not registered with the Registry.
- Provides that sales of cannabis for medical use are not subject to sales or use tax.