State House passes Cannabis Patient Protection Act
The Washington State House Friday approved the Cannabis Patient Protection Act in a 60-36 bipartisan vote to create a safe, quality-controlled and regulated marketplace for cannabis in Washington State. The legislation now returns to the State Senate for consideration of House amendments to the bill, 2SSB 5052, having previously passed the Senate in a 36-11 bipartisan vote in February.
"Our state is now one step closer to leading the nation in supporting a safe, quality-controlled and regulated marketplace for cannabis," said Washington CannaBusiness Association Executive Director Vicki Christophersen. "This work started with voters' overwhelming approval of I-502 in 2012, but challenges persist. That's why I-502 license holders are working hard to share the experiences of their small businesses, the obstacles currently confronting them from unregulated competition and the issues concerning untested products sold to legitimate patients and consumers. We thank the State House for their support and look forward to working with the Senate to advance this important legislation to the governor's desk for ultimate approval."