With the passage in Washington State of omnibus cannabis bill 5131 during April of 2017, the state legislature instructed the Liquor and Cannabis Board to “conduct a study of regulatory options for the legalization of marijuana plant possession and cultivation by recreational marijuana users” and to submit the report to the state legislature no later than December 1, 2017.
Washington State is the only state with legalized recreational cannabis that does not permit adult recreational home growing, much as adults are permitted to brew beer.Between now and the end of September, the Liquor and Cannabis Board will be meeting with some stakeholders to collect input as a part of its study. Unsurprisingly, the LCB has decided that their identified stakeholders will exclude consumers and medical cannabis patients, and will include industry and the prevention community.
Between now and the end of September, the Liquor and Cannabis Board will be meeting with some stakeholders to collect input as a part of its study. Unsurprisingly, the LCB has decided that their identified stakeholders will exclude consumers and medical cannabis patients, and will include industry and the prevention community.
However, there will be an opportunity to submit citizen and patient input. The LCB will accept general testimony on September 6. Citizens can write to the LCB rules coordinator and may submit their own reports.
In the past, cannabis consumers and patients have lacked the resources and know-how to represent their own interests -while at the same time they have been excluded as stakeholders, they are left to advocate for themselves.
On July 30, there will be two grassroots organizing meetings for citizen proponents of homegrows. One meeting will be held in Olympia. One meeting will be held in Renton. The purposes of the meetings are to describe the process involved in the study and to offer some tools and strategies for citizens to advocate for recreational home grows. In order to equip proponents to advocate for home grows, possible arguments for and against will be discussed. And time will be given for attendees to share their own ideas about possible strategies to advocate for recreational home grows in Washington State.
Depending on your location, you are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting in Renton on July 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 2801 NE 10th St, Renton. You may contact organizer John Kingsbury at [email protected]mail.com or call 206-618-0576.
The Olympia meeting will also be on July 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Olympia Hempfest Central, 322 4th Ave E, Olympia. Bailey Hirschburg is the organizer. [email protected].
Washington State deserves better than to continue to be the “worst legalization in the country”. Citizen advocates for recreational home grow can join the event Facebook pages, or just show up.