OLYMPIA — The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will conduct a public hearing on whether the state should allow residents to grown recreational marijuana in the privacy of their homes.
The hearing is during the regularly scheduled 10 a.m. Oct. 4 board meeting at its headquarters at 3000 Pacific Ave. in Olympia.
The board encourages written public comment because of limited parking and meeting space.
Written public comment may be submitted by email through Oct. 11 at firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy at P.O. Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504.
The board may adjust the testimony time allotted to each speaker based on the number of attendees to ensure that everyone has time to testify.
Legislation enacted in 2017 directs the board to “conduct a study of regulatory options for the legalization of marijuana plant possession and cultivation by recreational marijuana users.”
The study and recommendations are due to the Legislature on Dec. 1.
“The agency is actively engaging other states, the public, the industry and stakeholders. We know there are many perspectives to this issue and we want to ensure they are captured for our report and recommendations,” said agency director Rick Garza.
The study must take into account the “Cole Memo,” issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013, which outlines the federal government’s enforcement priorities in states where medical or recreational marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized.
The board is seeking comments on three options at the public hearing:
- Allow four plants maximum per household, but require that they have bar codes and be part of the state’s traceability system.
- Limit home grows to four plants, but let local governments set the rules.
- Stick with the status quo and not allow home grows for recreational pot.
Washington is the only state that does not allow marijuana home grows among the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The state allows authorized patients to have limited grows for medical purposes or to be part of a four-member medical marijuana cooperative if the cooperative registers with the board and the local jurisdiction does not object.