Coming Soon to Washington: Certified Organic Marijuana

OLYMPIA, WA — On Tuesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that, among other things, will allow the state to soon certify organic marijuana products.

According to the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Ann Rivers (R), marijuana that is state certified as organic is likely to be on dispensary shelves in about a year and a half.

Currently, organically grown cannabis can be found at many of the state’s regulated pot shops, but there is no statewide certification program in place.

“This is consumer-driven,” Sen. Rivers said in a phone interview with Reuters. “As we have moved forward in the legal marijuana market, we’re hearing people say, ‘We don’t want any pesticides, fungicides, none of that stuff in our weed.’”

The bill, Senate Bill 5131, also makes it legal for adults 21 or older to share up marijuana with each other without compensation, provided it is out of public view.

Adults can share up to half an ounce of marijuana, 8 ounces of marijuana infused products in solid form, 36 ounces of marijuana infused liquids, or 3.5 grams of marijuana concentrates.

The products must still be in their original packaging and purchased from a state licensed dispensary.  While possession of up to one ounce of marijuana has been legal for adults 21 or older in the state, sharing cannabis remained a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

SB 5131 also creates a feasibility study to consider allowing the cultivation of industrial hemp in the state, which was not authorized by the 2012 measure that legalized the adult use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

Fifty-five percent of voters approved the voter-initiated I-502 in 2012, making Washington one of the first states to legalize marijuana. Since then, public support for legal cannabis in the state has continued to grow.

The full text of Senate Bill 5131 can be found here.

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