Legislative Priorities

Each year, in an effort to understand our members’ most pressing issues, The Cannabis Alliance surveys our membership on their legislative and regulatory priorities. Each of our members receive one vote (e.g. 1 membership = 1 vote). Our members pride themselves on caring about the entire community including consumers and patients. These values are reiterated by our membership’s selected priorities.

The Cannabis Alliance addresses these issues through the dedicated work of committee members. If your are passionate about any/all of the issues above please consider joining an Alliance committee today.

Cannabis as Agriculture

Since the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012, the cannabis industry has played a vital role in the fiscal health of the State of Washington. Cannabis excise tax revenues are distributed to a variety of state agencies and programs, including the LCB, DOH, the UW, WSU, and the Health Care Authority. A significant amount of cannabis excise tax revenues also goes to support the state General Fund. Currently the State has earned more than $750 million dollars in excise taxes, with an additional $360 million in sales tax. We ask for your support in establishing sensible policies for the long-term health of this industry.

The Objective:

By fully recognizing the cultivation of cannabis as agriculture, we build in vital and necessary supports for growers. These supports can include:

  • Help with developing pest management plans for safer growing methods and final products.
  • Opportunities for farmers to get continuing education and support services traditionally available to other farmers which help to educate farmers on how to grow safe, affordable, high quality products for their consumers.
  • Access to programs aimed at maintaining water quality, promoting soil conservation and more.

Removing the Excise Tax on Medicine

Currently patients in Washington State utilizing cannabis to help with their conditions must pay a 37% excise or “sin” tax on their medicine. Not only is this fundamentally wrong but it creates several additional consequences such as forcing patients to use cheaper products since they cannot afford the higher quality and more costly items or, worse, it forces them to seek their medicine on the illicit market.

The Objective:

Remove the excise tax for qualified patients. This will not only help patients acquire their medicine at a more reasonable cost but it will incentivize retailers to carry DOH compliant product (tested for pesticides and heavy metals) and incentivize producers and processors to grow and manufacture DOH compliant or “medical’ product.

Homegrow

Why Homegrow?

Washington State Residents should be able to grow a few plants of something that our state allows to be sold like beer or wine. Our state law allows each adult to brew up to 200 gallons of beer or wine at home each year but growing even one cannabis plant is a felony unless authorized for medical purposes.

This is contrary to the spirit and intent of initiative 502, which reformed our state law and created a regulated system of licensed production, processing and sales of marijuana that has brought hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue to our state government, profits to those businesses, jobs to those who work in those businesses and economic benefit to the state and the communities where those businesses and workers spend their money.

The Objective:

Washington state is one of only a few states that have legal personal use cannabis allowed to adults 21 and over.  Passing  Home cultivation in Washington would bring us in line with the majority of legal states.

This law would allow Adults 21 and over the ability to grow up to Six plants per adult with a max of 15 plants per household

All plants must be marked to their owner and your landlord does have the right to prohibit growing. It would also prohibit cultivation in foster homes, and must remain out of public view, and contain the oder to the property being grown on.

 

It would also clarify enforcement authority by disallowing seizure and forfeiture when growing within the law.

It would also define commercial activity.

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