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SB 5052 - Amends Medical Marijuana Regulation System - Washington Key Vote

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Title: Amends Medical Marijuana Regulation System

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the medical marijuana regulation system.

Highlights:

  • Requires the Department of Health to create a medical marijuana authorization database in which a “qualifying patient” or “designated provider” may register and provide the “qualifying patient” a recognition card upon registration (Sec. 21).
  • Defines “qualifying patient” as an individual who has been authorized by a medical professional to possess and use medical marijuana (Sec. 17).
  • Defines “designated provider” as a parent or guardian of a qualifying patient who is under 18 years of age and holds a recognition card (Sec. 17).
  • Authorizes a qualifying patient who is registered with the medical marijuana authorization database to obtain the following amounts of marijuana (Sec. 19):
    • An amount of 3 ounces of useable marijuana;
    • An amount of 48 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form;
    • An amount of 216 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form; or
    • An amount of 21 grams of marijuana concentrates.
  • Authorizes a qualifying patient who is registered with the medical marijuana authorization database to grow up to 6 plants of marijuana and possess up to 8 ounces of useable marijuana in his or her home (Sec. 19).
  • Requires a qualifying patient who registers with the medical marijuana authorization database to register at a marijuana retailer that possesses a medical marijuana endorsement (Sec. 21).
  • Requires the Department of Revenue to verify certain tax exemptions for a qualifying patient who is registered with the medical marijuana authorization database (Sec. 21).
  • Authorizes a qualifying patient who is not registered with the medical marijuana authorization database to perform the following actions (Sec. 19):
    • To purchase marijuana at a marijuana retailer only, whether it has a medical marijuana endorsement or not;
    • To purchase only the amount of marijuana that is allowed for recreational marijuana use;
    • To grow up to 4 plants of marijuana in his or her home; and
    • To possess up to 6 ounces of useable marijuana in his or her home.
  • Authorizes a qualifying patient to grow up to 15 plants and to possess up to 16 ounces of useable marijuana if a medical professional determines that the qualifying patient’s needs exceed the restricted amounts as expressed above (Sec. 19).
  • Requires the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to create a merit-based application process to obtain a license to produce, process, or sell marijuana that grants first priority to an applicant who meets certain conditions, including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 6):
    • The applicant has operated a collective garden before January 1, 2013;
    • The applicant has maintained a state business and municipal business license; and
    • The applicant has paid all applicable state taxes and fees.

 

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Title: Amends Medical Marijuana Regulation System

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