Advisory Vote No. 11
This year, the Legislature rearranged the marijuana taxes that were imposed by Initiative 502 through a major rewrite of cannabis laws that puts medical marijuana under stricter state control. That made it subject to the same excise taxes as recreational marijuana. The amount it will raise over 10 years can’t be estimated, and is listed as “indeterminate”, by the Office of Financial Management. It passed the Senate 41-8 and the House 60-36.
The change to state law triggers a provision that requires voters be asked whether they think those taxes should be repealed or kept. The ballot measures are required by Initiative 960, which passed in 2007. In the past nine such advisory measures, voters have backed some and opposed others. The results are non-binding, and the Legislature has yet to change – or even reconsider – a tax based on the results of an advisory measure.
Because the results have no consequences, there are no active campaigns either for or against any of the measures.
Here are the advisory questions on this year’s ballot:
OLYMPIA – Cities and counties couldn’t ban licensed marijuana stores without a public vote under a proposal approved Monday by a House committee.
OLYMPIA — Washington will likely increase the number of retail marijuana stores to 556, to handle the demand for medical marijuana licenses.
Want a breakdown of the Washington pot sales described in this morning’s story. We’ve got detailed maps inside.
To go with this morning’s marijuana sales story, we have a map of all businesses in Spokane County.
Per capita sales make a nice headline or tweet, but there’s more going on in that study that’s hit the Web in a big way this week.
OLYMPIA — The state Liquor Control Board officially becomes the Liquor and Cannabis Board today.
OLYMPIA — An effort to give voters a chance to reject changes to the state’s medical marijuana laws has failed. Supporters of a referendum to put it on the November ballot have told state officials they won’t be turning in signatures.
Washington state is counting on pot smokers for a lot of money. We figured out everyone’s joint quota.
OLYMPIA — Want to know how much legal marijuana was sold last month or grown this year? The Washington State Liquor Control Board has a site for you.
OLYMPIA — Four licensed marijuana stores in Western Washington sold pot to a minor working with the state agency on “compliance checks. The owners face a $2,500 fine and possible suspension. The seller could be charged by a local prosecutor.
Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.
OLYMPIA – A major revision to the state’s marijuana laws that blends the medical and recreational systems and sets up a voluntary registry for adult patients, overwhelmingly passed the Senate Tuesday and was sent to Gov. Jay Inslee.
OLYMPIA — Pot again provided legislators with plenty to talk about.
OLYMPIA — The Senate voted unanimously to ban marijuana sales in vending machines and at drive-through stands. But the argument for the bill involved situations that are already illegal.
OLYMPIA — Major changes to the state’s medical marijuana laws passed the Senate today despite critics’ complaints about a database for patients.
OLYMPIA –A House panel rolled 18 different proposals to change Washington’s marijuana laws into a single wide-ranging bill Monday, hoping to address at least some problems with the state’s medical and recreational pot systems. As currently written, the bill includes some contradictory provisions.
Yesterday, we brought you the story that Liberty Lake had lifted its moratorium on recreational marijuana. Here are the locations where pot shops/farms/processors could locate.
A letter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord has begun arriving at marijuana stores around the state, telling owners that service members are banned from their premises.
The laws governing where recreational marijuana businesses can locate in Spokane County were made permanent Tuesday with a unanimous vote by the Board of County Commissioners.
OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana would come under some of the same licensing requirements as the recreational form of the drug but its buyers would pay fewer taxes under a plan to harmonize the state’s two pot systems. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Wells, D-Seattle, announced Tuesday the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act.