Washington State Committee Amends Bill to Raise Age for Most Marijuana Concentrates to 25

A Washington State House committee has amended and then passed a bill that would have banned any marijuana concentrate (oil, wax, hash, etc.) that has over 35% THC for those under the age of 25.

Filed by State Representative Lauren Davis along with 11 cosponsors, House Bill 2320 was given approval today by the House Committee on Regulated Substances & Gaming in a 9 to 2 vote.

The measure initially would have prohibited “licensed cannabis retailers from selling cannabis concentrates with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration greater than 35 percent” to anyone who is under 25, even though the legal marijuana age is 21. An exception would in with a medical cannabis endorsement who may continue to sell these products to qualifying patients and designated providers who are entered in the Medical Cannabis Authorization Database.”

The measure was amended to instead require marijuana stores to warn retailers about the potential dangers of high-THC marijuana concentrates.

A provision in the bill “Requires the University of Washington Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) to develop and implement guidance and health interventions for health care providers and patients at risk for developing serious complications due to cannabis consumption, with reports to the Legislature, and subject to funding.”

The measure will still need to be approved through the state’s full House of Representatives and Senate before it can be sent to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration.

You can read the full text of House Bill 1642 by clicking here.

The committee also voted today to pass House Bill 2194 to  legalize the personal cultivation of up to four marijuana plants for everyone 21 and older.

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