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growing marijuana in washington state 2021

Growing marijuana in washington state 2021

State Rep. Shelley Kloba, D-Kirkland, called Washington’s ban on home growing of cannabis “an antiquated policy.”

“What I often hear is conflation of large-scale illicit activity with what we are actually advocating for here, which is legalizing six-plant, noncommercial home gardens,” Kingsbury said.

As things stand now, many customers simply go for whatever pot product is cheapest and has the highest level of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana, she said.

“Our members, candidly, are not comfortable with the public safety aspects and public safety concerns associated with allowing marijuana home-grows,” said James McMahan of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, which represents law enforcement leaders.

On its website, Cannabis Not Nextdoor argued, “The State of Washington has legalized the use and sale of marijuana, and safety became a concern for many residents. The common complaint is the use of residential zoned homes for growing marijuana on a large scale. The homes that grow marijuana are not in compliance with the regulations of the Liquor and Cannabis Board. This illegal activity is often hard to detect due to the theft of electricity and water.” [3]

This initiative would have prohibited the cultivation, processing, and sales of marijuana in areas zoned as residential. [1] [2]

The Prohibit Marijuana Cultivation, Processing, and Sales in Residential Zones Measure (#1117, 1123) was not on the ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, a type of indirect initiated state statute, on November 2, 2021.

Sponsors

The requirements to get an Initiative to the Legislature certified for the 2021 ballot:

Cannabis Not Nextdoor/Cannabis Crime-Shredder sponsored the measure.

Text of measure

In Washington, the number of signatures required to qualify an indirectly initiated state statute—called an Initiative to the Legislature in Washington—for the ballot is equal to 8 percent of the votes cast for the office of governor at the last regular gubernatorial election. Initial filings for indirect initiatives cannot be made more than 10 months before the regular session at which their proposal would be presented to lawmakers. Signatures must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the legislative session in the year of the targeted election.

The secretary of state verifies the signatures using a random sample method. If the sample indicates that the measure has sufficient signatures, the measure is certified to appear before the legislature. If the legislature does not approve the measure, it is certified to appear on the ballot. However, if the sample indicates that the measure has insufficient signatures, every signature is checked. Under Washington law, a random sample result may not invalidate a petition.

Growing marijuana in washington state 2021

“It’s easy to grow weed, but it is very difficult to grow really good weed consistently,” Cihlar said.

54% of Bellingham housing units were renter-occupied in 2015, according to the 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for Bellingham housing.

Legislation authorizing personal cannabis cultivation may be taken up again in 2022 or reintroduced in next biennium

“The bill sets down reasonable guard rails for home grows,” said a spokesperson for Kloba. “It establishes a small civil fine for growing cannabis that can be seen or smelled from the street to ensure that home growing does not become a nuisance or a target for theft.”

This story was originally written for another course at Western. Even though the reporter is not on The Front’s staff, it has gone through our editing process and meets our standards.

In 2012, Washington Initiative 502 appeared on the general ballot to legalize licensed cultivation, testing and retail sales of cannabis products. Whatcom residents have spent over $249 million in dispensaries since 2014, according to 502Data for Whatcom County.