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WaLeg Day 89: House begins debate on pot bills

OLYMPIA -- The House began debating the Cannabis Patient Protection Act about 4:25 p.m.

First up was an amendment to eliminate the proposed registry for medical marijuana patients. It failed.

Next was an amendment that gives preference for medical marijuana licenses to existing license owners who have paid their taxes. It passed.

Next was an amendment that prohibited possession by someone under 21, regardless of THC content. It passed.

An amendment to add traumatic brain injury to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with marijuana passed.

An amendment making it a felony to illegally access the database or reveal information for it passed.

An amendment to remove marijuana from the state's schedule 1 list, which is only for drugs that have no accepted medical use and a high level for abuse, passed.

An effort to "de-link" the bill from a separate bill that revises marijuana taxes failed.

A major rewrite -- which includes making the database a voluntary "blind registry" without addresses listed; allows patients as young as 18 to be medical marijuana patient; allows one patient to give or sell marijuana to another patient; expands size and membership in community gardens, and allows broader growing and production of medical marijuana products --failed

The revised bill, which makes changes to the medical marijuana and requires a database for patients, passed on a vote of 60-36. 

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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