By Anthony Martinelli

Senate Bill 5052, a Washington measure to close every medical cannabis dispensary in the state while drastically reducing the amount of cannabis qualified patients can possess and cultivate, takes full effect on July 1st.

Senate Bill 5052signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on April 24, 2015 – requires all currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries to close, greatly decreasing safe access for patients while putting an unnecessary end to hundreds of jobs. The new law also reduces the amount of cannabis a patient can possess by over 80%; if an individual joins a patient registry, they can possess three ounces of cannabis, down from the current limit of 24 ounces, and can cultivate up to six plants, down from 15. If they don’t join the registry, their possession limit is just one ounce, and their cultivation limit just four plants.

Parts of Senate Bill 5052 – such as the provision changing the state’s Liquor Control Board to the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board – took effect months ago.

Seattle attorney Douglas Hiatt, founder of the nonprofit organization Sensible Washington, has filed a lawsuit seeking to place an injunction on, and overturn Senate Bill 5052.

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