… but maybe you are?
To anyone invested in the saga of medical- and recreational-weed legalization in Washington, it can feel like a Sisyphean struggle. And one of the biggest green nugs we’ve been pushing up that hill for the past few years has been legalized home growing for recreational consumers. Washington is the only state to legalize recreational weed while keeping home grows verboten. Now state legislators are finally turning their attention to this controversial topic, and of course Olympia is split down the middle. So the legislators have tossed the hot potato to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
The WSLCB has come up with three potential paths forward. The first would tightly regulate recreational-marijuana home grows, requiring a permit and allowing four plants maximum. These plants would be entered into the state traceability system and subject to security requirements to prevent youth access. If you have more plants than are permitted, the provision would allow law enforcement to seize and destroy all those beyond the limit.
The second option would allow for local control of home grows. This approach would also require a permit, allow four plants maximum, and set minimum requirements for security and preventing youth access. Local jurisdictions can be more restrictive in this scenario, maintaining the right to permit, authorize, control, and enforce all home grows.
The third option: No home grows.
I gotta be honest: I don’t like any of these options…