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Tag Archives: Substance Control

Washington State Legislature swiftly agrees on a Blake fix after going into special session

Excerpt: "This bill recognizes the harm that public use causes our communities by creating the crime of public use," said Representative Jamila Taylor. "More importantly, it focuses on the most up-to-date science on recovery, working to connect people to treatment, housing, services, and employment opportunities."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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“Blake fix” bill fails in State House, prompting calls for special session on drug policy

Excerpt: Several Democrats joined the chamber's forty Republicans in casting nay votes, creating a potent obstacle to the bill's passage that leadership determined could not be surmounted before the clock ran out on the 2023 legislative session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The feds start following Washington State’s lead on marijuana, ten years after I‑502

Excerpt: Where Washington leads, Washington, D.C., follows, as evidenced by President Biden's big announcement on marijuana policy a full ten years after the approval of Initiative 502. 
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Initiative 1922 won’t qualify for November ballot, Commit to Change Washington says

Excerpt: "We will not be moving forward to qualify Washington State Initiative Measure No. 1922 to the November 8th general election ballot," the campaign said. "Signature gathering proved more challenging and prohibitively expensive than projected."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Department of Justice won’t sue to overturn I‑502, Washington’s law legalizing marijuana

Excerpt: The Unit­ed States Depart­ment of Jus­tice has decid­ed not to seek to over­turn Ini­tia­tive 502, the law approved by vot­ers last year that makes pos­ses­sion of small amounts of mar­i­jua­na in Wash­ing­ton legal. Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee announced the news this morn­ing in a joint state­ment with Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Ferguson: Today we received con­fir­ma­tion Washington’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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