Kaylia Boshard

Washington Home Grow Advocates Preparing for 2019 Session

Home grow advocates in Washington State are getting ready for the upcoming 2019 legislative session and they have high hopes the state will finally pass an adult-use home grow bill.

Washington is the only fully legalized state that does not allow adults over 21 to grow cannabis at home without a medical cannabis qualification.

Last year, a home grow bill passed the House Commerce and Gaming Committee only to stall before key deadlines were met. Despite the defeat, advocates are back this year with a new bill and new strategies.

“The energy for passing home grows definitely feels up this year, which has been a pleasant surprise. I think our opposition in the legislature have been just waiting for us to go away, but we’re not. We’ve changed our tactics and aren’t just showing up during the legislative session. We’ve been holding meetings around the state and people are really engaged.” — John Kingsberry, a home grow activist

“The Cole Memo was the legislature’s main argument against home grows but, since Jeff Sessions revoked the Cole Memo, that argument is out the window,” Kingsberry said.

“There is still a lot to do but, with a little luck and hard work, 2019 is the year Washington will get adult use home grows.”


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