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Legalize Small-Scale Home Marijuana Cultivation?
In Olympia, state representatives are working on a bill that would legalize small homegrows of marijuana. Dan Frizzell the Washington State House Democratic Caucus has that story.
A lawmaker from coastal Washington is leading efforts in Olympia to allow adults to cultivate their own supplies of recreational marijuana. Representative Brian Blake, the Aberdeen Democrat who chairs the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, introduced his legislation Wednesday, and expects a hearing next week.
BLAKE: “Washington allows you to make your own wine, beer, etcetera, and I think allowing a small homegrow is consistent with the thinking of the people in Washington, and we’re going to try and get a floor vote on that bill to allow a very, very limited homegrow.” [:16]
Blake’s new pot bill, cosponsored by a Republican from eastern Washington, would legalize homegrows of a maximum of six plants at one time in a private residence, and would OK possession of up to 24 ounces of smokeable cannabis – again, per residence, not per person. Landlords could prohibit pot plants in their rental units, and the ban on marijuana possession or use by minors would remain unchanged. A hearing on the homegrow bill could come as early as Monday in the House Commerce and Gaming Committee. In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell.