Hearing set on bill to legalize marijuana

  • Jerry Cornfield
  • Thursday, January 7, 2010 6:03pm
  • Local News

If you want to be able to grow or sell marijuana legally in Washington, next Wednesday you want to be in Olympia.

At 1:30 p.m., the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee will consider House Bill 2401 to have the state treat marijuana like it does alcohol. The bill is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson.

What that means is if you are 21 or older you won’t face civil or criminal penalties for growing, possessing, transporting, selling, or using marijuana. Like with booze, you can’t smoke and drive or provide any to minors.

Under the proposed legislation, pot could be purchased at state liquor stores. A hefty tax would be added on with proceeds going to drug education and awareness programs.

Also that day, the committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1177 to reduce the penalties on adults found in possession of small amounts of marijuana

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