Moses Lake Extends Halt On Medical Marijuana Gardens – Columbia Basin Herald: Politics

“The purpose of presenting this extension of the moratorium is really to give the legislature an opportunity to address the medical marijuana issue in the legislature, which they have said they are going to do,” said city manager Joseph Gavinski. Lawmakers are expected to discuss certain amendments to Initiative-502, which will modify existing laws in relation to medical marijuana gardens. I-502 was passed by Washington voters in the 2012 November general election and legalized the production, possession, delivery, distribution and sale of marijuana for persons age 21 and older. The council concluded it was of “public interest” to extend the moratorium because the city has no way of determining what will be decided at the session. “They (Legislature) came close last year, I think they feel a little bit more pressure to get this done, understanding that it needs to be done,” Gavinski said. “There has to be some reconciliation in a lot of people’s minds between the recreational marijuana and the medical marijuana. And that’s really what we need in order to give some clarity here to the city council, the citizens of this community.” According to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), qualifying medical marijuana patients are allowed to create and participate in collective gardens for the purpose of producing, processing, transporting and delivering marijuana for medical use. The RCW does have some restrictions however, as no more than 10 patients are allowed to participate in a single collective garden at a time, the collective garden can contain no more than 15 plants per patient and up to 45 plants total, and the garden cannot contain more than 24 ounces of usable marijuana per patient and up to 72 ounces total. In addition, usable marijuana from the garden can only be delivered to qualifying patients, according to the RCW.
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