Washington Senate Votes To Legalize Interstate Marijuana Commerce
The Washington State Senate approved a bill on Wednesday to eventually allow marijuana businesses to engage in interstate commerce. The measure, approved in a vote of 40-8, would give the governor the authority to enter into agreements with other legal states to permit imports and exports between licensed cannabis companies. “It is no secret that Washington has been a leader in the cannabis industry,” Sen. Ann Rivers (R), the bill’s sponsor, said on the floor ahead of the vote. “We have taken massive steps to make sure that the product produced here is labeled well and is tested and have the highest quality. We know that legalization on the federal level is coming. We’ve seen bills introduced and it feels like it’s getting closer.” But the state’s industry “could be left in the dust if we’re out of town and unable to take action” when federal law changes, she said. “So we can entrust our governor to look out for this industry and make sure that business can flow from our state to other states and back to us in a legal way, in a safe way and in a way that can be enforced.” Under SB 5069, products that come from out-of-state businesses would be required to comply with Washington regulations, including those related to packaging and labeling. However, it would only take effect under one of two conditions: 1) if there’s a federal law change “to allow for the interstate transfer of cannabis” between legal businesses, or 2) if the U.S. Department of Justice issues an opinion “allowing or tolerating” marijuana commerce across state lines. — Marijuana Moment is tracking hundreds of cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts…
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