Wash.: Home grow bill introduced, hearing scheduled for Friday!

Jan 12, 2021

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Contact your elected officials today and urge them to support allowing home cultivation for adults 21 and older!

Fifteen states have now legalized cannabis for adults’ use, and Washington is one of only three that does not yet allow home cultivation. Fortunately, a new bill has been introduced in Olympia that would legalize home cultivation of up to six plants per adult and 15 per household.

Please contact your elected officials and urge them to support HB 1019!

The bill has been scheduled for a public hearing in the House Commerce and Gaming Committee on Friday morning. In addition to writing your state legislators, you may wish to submit written testimony to the committee or sign up to testify via videoconference. Here are the details:

When: Friday, January 15, 10:00 a.m.

What: Public hearing on HB 1019 in House Commerce and Gaming Committee

Where: Links to the bill text and video feed are available here. You can offer a brief comment on the bill here, and you can sign up to testify via videoconference or submit written testimony here.

Much like home brewing of beer, there is no good reason to deny adults the freedom to grow their own cannabis. For many Washingtonians, such as those who don’t live near a retail store, home cultivation would provide an ethical and cost-effective alternative to purchasing from the unregulated market.

A similar bill passed this committee in a 9-2 vote last year, but it did not receive a vote in the full House of Representatives.

After you email your elected officials, please share this message with your friends and family!