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Home grown: WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board presents 3 options for “home grows”

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On Nov 29, the LCB released the results from a new study to assess the feasibility of allowing WA state residents to cultivate and grow their own personal cannabis. I’m 100% in support of allowing “home grows” and look forward to the day I can grow my own personal stash and establish my own line of genetics.

More details from LCB here: https://lcb.wa.gov/marj/homegrow-study

Direct link to download the report [PDF]: https://lcb.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/WSLCB%20Home%20Grows%20Study%20Report%20FINAL.PDF

After a VERY quick scan, here are my initial takeaways.

TL:DR: LCB presented 3 options to the state legislature to consider regarding home grows:

  1. State control — LCB enforcement/oversight
  2. Local control — LCB writes rules/statues, local city/county enforcement/oversight
  3. Prohibit recreational home grows.

This report now goes to the state legislature for consideration. Bottom line: It’s going to cost a lot of $$$$ to enforce any kind of home grow system to be able to stand up to the Cole memo. Option #1 is likely to put an additional strain (and cost burden) on LCB, likely requiring additional state funding sources/taxes). Option #2 would present the same challenges to local city/county authorities tasked with enforcement if Option 2 is chosen. Option 3 would be a huge disappointment.

Here is the text of the three options. The full report contains a LOT more detail and I suggest you read the full 15 pages. If you have an opinion on this and want to make your voice heard, I highly suggest you contact the LCB and your local state legislators and share your thoughts.

LCB Contact info: https://lcb.wa.gov/contact

WA State Legislator Contact info: https://app.leg.wa.gov/memberemail/

–BDE

PS – To the cannabis industry IG fam…maybe take a minute and instead of spending it trying to capture that perfect selfie or dab shot to post on Instagram, and instead, find out who your state / city /county officials are and let them know what you think. Just a suggestion from an OG.

Three Options presented below by LCB in their report/study released Nov 29, 2017:


Option 1 – Tightly Regulated Recreational Home Grows – State Framework

  • Allow recreational home grows under a strict state regulatory framework that requires a permit and tracking of plants throughout the state, with enforcement jurisdiction shared between the WSLCB and local authorities.
  • Absent a permit, growing marijuana for any purpose is illegal other than already legally sanctioned medical marijuana home growing.
  • Require tracking of all plants in the traceability system to help prevent diversion.
  • Limit of no more than four plants per household.
  • Include a statutory provision that allows law enforcement to seize and destroy all plants possessed by a person if the person has more plants than the law allows.
  • Include a statutory provision to allow recreational growers to acquire plants from licensed producers so long as the person possesses a valid permit.
  • Include requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.
  • Include the same restrictions that apply to medical marijuana patients on processing marijuana in recreational home grows (no extraction with combustible materials. See WAC 314‐55‐430).

Option 2 – State Statute Framework, Local Authority Recreational Home Grows

  • Allow recreational home grows under a regulatory framework based on statewide standards set in statute, but authorized, controlled, and enforced by local jurisdictions (counties, cities).
  • Include statutory requirements for security, preventing youth access, preventing diversion, etc.
  • Require a permit to possess plants. Absent a permit, growing marijuana for any purpose is illegal other than already legally sanctioned medical marijuana home grows.
  • Limit of no more than four plants per household.
  • Include a statutory provision to allow recreational growers to acquire plants from licensed producers so long as the person possesses a valid permit.
  • Include a statutory provision that allows law enforcement to seize and destroy all plants possessed by a person if the person has more plants than the law allows.
  • Include the same restrictions that apply to medical marijuana patients on processing marijuana in recreational home grows (no extraction with combustible materials. See WAC 314‐55‐430).
  • Allow local jurisdictions to “opt‐in” for or “opt‐out” of allowing recreational home grows.

Option 3 – Prohibit Recreational Home Grows

  • Do not allow recreational home grows. Maintain current status.
  • A regulated system is in place and widely available throughout the state.
  • Home grows for medical purposes, including cooperatives, are currently allowed under state law.
  • Allowing recreational home grows may provide a cover for the illicit market. This has been seen in other states that permit home grows for both medical and recreational purposes.
  • Recreational home grows may contribute to diversion, youth access, etc.; primary considerations under the guidelines set in the Cole Memo.

The constant struggle for legitimacy in the legal cannabis industry

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For many i502 business owners, it’s been an uphill battle to get fair (and easy) access to the Federal Banking system. As a result, i502 businesses have gotten creative in their approaches to managing money. In some cases, this puts them at odd with the Feds, with the Banks, and with consumers. It’s a no win situation that needs to change.

In the old MMJ days, it wasn’t uncommon for MMJ dispensaries to be shuttling around garbage bags of cash in their trunk. Thankfully, now most i502 retailers have access to basic banking and credit unions that suppor – on premise ATMs, and even some basic debit transactions (with usual ATM-like fees per transaction). Most transactions are still cash and the vast majority of retail shops only accept cash.

One improvement over the past year or so were changes that allow 3rd party security and armored truck companies to pickup and transport cash from retail shops to their place of deposit.

Another recent development here in Washington state is a push by state legislators to block i502 businesses from doing transactions using Bitcoin. This news just broke in the past 2 weeks. Senate Bill 5264 effectively bans Bitcoin from being used in i502. I’ve seen a few “automatic” menu/ordering kiosks at a few retail shops that appear to take Bitcoin. I have not tried to conduct a transaction using Bitcoin. Read more on this issue here: http://www.geekwire.com/2017/washington-state-legislators-look-ban-bitcoin-pot-business/

Insurance underwriting.

Because I’m not an i502 business owner, I’m less up on how well (or poorly) the insurance companies do with underwriting i502 businesses. I know that Lloyds of London was a highly used insurance underwriter, but I also heard that they were getting out of the industry. I would be curious to hear from i502 business owners on your experience in securing and paying for insurance.

We live in uncertain times. I feel for each and every legitimate business owner working so hard to realize their dreams in legal cannabis. Onward we fight.

BDE -∞+

Bill introduced to allow marijuana grown at home – seattlepi.com

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I’m all for home grows and would absolutely fire up a garden again (don’t have my medical endorsement anymore).

A bill has been introduced in the state Legislature that would allow marijuana users to grow their own supply at home.

Source: Bill introduced to allow marijuana grown at home – seattlepi.com