Washington: Adult Home Grow Bill Would Allow Up To 6 Plants
By Steve Elliott
A new bill has been filed in the Washington Legislature would allow adults in the state to lawfully grow up to six marijuana plants. Washington is currently the only state with legal marijuana which doesn't allow any home cultivation; under the state's I-502 legalization law, all recreational cannabis must be grown by state-licensed commercial producers.
It's a chance for Washington to finally join the states where cannabis has been more fully legalized, because as any thinking person realizes, if you can't grow your own, it's not really legal yet.
HB 2629, filed by Rep. Brian Blake, a Democrat representing Washington's 19th Legislative District, would make the following amendments to current state marijuana laws:
• Authorizes individuals to lawfully engage in non-commercial (i.e., without an exchange of money) transfers of small amounts of cannabis and cannabis seeds;
• Authorizes adults to cultivate up to six marijuana plants at home and to possess up to 24 ounces of marijuana harvested from the home-grown plants;
• Makes the possession of up to the three times the current legal limit for cannabis products (i.e., useable cannabis, infused products, and concentrates) a civil infraction rather than a felony offense;
• Makes the possession of more than three times the legal limit for marijuana products, but not more than 12 times the limit, a misdemeanor offense;
• Makes the possession of more than 12 times the legal limit for cannabis products a felony offense;
• Makes the possession of more than six, but not more than 18, marijuana plants a separate civil infraction for each plant above the six-plant limit;
• Makes the possession of more than 18, but no more than forty, cannabis plants a misdemeanor offense;
• Makes the possession of more than forty marijuana plants a felony offense;
• Makes the possession of more than 24 ounces, but less than 72 ounces, of home-grown useable marijuana a separate civil infraction for each ounce above the legal limit;
• Makes the possession of at least 72 ounces, but less than 144 ounces, of home-grown useable marijuana a misdemeanor offense;
• Makes the possession of more than 144 ounces of home-grown useable marijuana a felony offense.
Washington citizens are urged to ask their representatives to support HB 2629.
"Right now, we're seeing schwag come out of the I-502 world," said activist Farmer Tom Lauerman of Olympia, reports Toke Signals. "But if we have these legions of home growers out there who grow big quality bud, they are gonna pressure those guys up on top to grow better bud.
“Washington state is known for growing some of the best bud in the world,” Farmer Tom said. “So we definitely don’t want our reputation to go into the hands of these 502 guys who are growing this mediocre weed. It really gives the whole state a bad reputation.
"I think our best bet is to try for a good, solid home grow bill that applies to everyone in the state, so that everyone can grow their own cannabis, and do what they want with it!” Farmer Tom said.