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Jan 30, 2017 12:20 PM

Washington to Change Cannabis Penalties

Changing the laws and measures that regulate the cannabis industry has recently become a number one question in many states, and Washington state is not an exception to the rule. The legislation to change the penalties for transferring and possessing certain amounts of cannabis has been recently filed in the state.

The new measure, known as House Bill 1065, was presented at a public hearing in the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming last week. The majority of speakers supported the new bill. The law would make some positive changes in the state’s cannabis policy. The penalty for possessing more than one ounce of the substance would be significantly reduced. Moreover, it would allow those who are 21 and older to give up to half an ounce to another person who is also 21 and older. Currently, sharing cannabis with others is punished by up to five years of imprisonment.

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However, not all changes are positive. The bill would require those who own cannabis concentrates to confirm that they got it from a licensed cannabis outlet. In case they cannot prove it, they will be charged with a civil infraction if they possess less than seven grams, a misdemeanor if it is seven to 14 grams, or a felony if they have more than 14 grams.

According to the legislative analysis of the bill, it:

  • Reduces the fines for transfer and possession of marijuana products outside of the I-502 system under certain conditions;
  • legalizes the noncommercial transfer of cannabis goods and products within certain amounts by a person 21 years of age or older to another person 21 years of age or older, and
  • requires cannabis concentrates to have been bought from a licensed marijuana outlet and be accompanied by documents or packaging showing that they were purchased from a cannabis retailer.
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