SB 5052 (Medical Marijuana Law Update)

Update: The Governor has passed this bill into law. You can click this link to read the full bill and the sections the Governor vetoed are here. The original post was intended to provide a snapshot of a bill in progress and it was not what ended up passing into law. Because we this post  is causing some confusion with readers on the current state of the law we have redacted it and encourage readers to read the final bill. Thank you. 


  • David
    Posted at 13:40h, 15 April Reply

    I want to thank you for this concise information.

  • John Novak
    Posted at 15:40h, 16 April Reply

    The bill may be partially vetoed. Inslee said he may do that.

    Also, 5052 is not out of the woods yet as it is directly tied to HB 2136 passing.

    I just sent this message. I urge all of you to do the same in your own words. I used the comment form on the bill’s page:

    IF HB 2136 FAILS, SB 5052 FAILS!

    FROM: John Novak
    STREET ADDRESS: … Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    EMAIL: [email protected]
    PHONE: (206) 915-3450
    BILL: 2136 (Oppose)
    MESSAGE: Please vote no on this bill as it is attached to the horrible medical cannabis bill, 5052. If you voted no last year on SB 5887, you should definitely have voted no on 5052. Here is your chance to make up for your mistake. There is another bill working its way through that is not linked to 5052. Also, this bill as it stands significantly changes the tax revenue for earmarks passed by voters. Considering cannabis IS used for medical use, the state should not be charging patients ANY excise taxes as it is a botanical and medicinal herb. There is no such thing as “recreational” marijuana as ALL cannabis contains cannabinoids and has medical value to certain patients. Please help limit the destruction the commercial interests are forcing onto us. VOTE NO ON 2136!

  • Dr. Katie Baker
    Posted at 17:03h, 16 April Reply

    So, as a healthcare provider, what I see here is that concerns me are that there appear to be a few violations of federal law or mandate (Conant decision prohibits providing dosing information, federal HIPAA violations would be in effect if a “panel” elects to review my charts) and common sense (objective measurement required for pain, which is a subjective condition and unmeasurable). It will be interesting to see how this all turns out.

    • Aaron Pelley
      Posted at 16:32h, 17 April Reply

      ^ This! I absolutely believe there is more than one issue with this bill, as it relates to Conant decision. Like other laws passed, in the infinite wisdom of our legislature, the lawmakers have made a huge constitutional overstep. With regards to common sense… I did not exactly have high expectations.

  • Mark
    Posted at 22:49h, 16 April Reply

    I believe you missed that fact the collective gardens are repealed on July 1st 2016 and that adults under 21 may not directly participate in them any longer.. starting when the bill passes.

  • Steve Elliott
    Posted at 07:33h, 17 April Reply

    Thank you for this, Aaron!

  • Jim Peterson
    Posted at 10:17h, 17 April Reply

    thank you for your input so this is called the cannabis patient protection act WHY it does nothing to protect the patient it only hurts the patient. As a patient that grows his own because i cant afford to buy even from the mmj access point how in the hell does the state except me to afford rec prices and besides that their cannabis is shitty. My question for the Lawyer is there away we can file something in court to put an injunction on this bill in case everyone missed it this bill was passed by nothing but lies and reefer madness. what about the truth or doesn’t that matter to anyone. Its funny how for 17 years the medical market has thrived and no one has died or been harmed see it proves that regulation doesn’t make it safer like they have been saying. booze is regulated and people die every day from it. Sry i will stop my rant but with this bill the state has signed my death warrant

  • David Stephen Ball-Romney
    Posted at 11:01h, 17 April Reply

    The State Legislature has created SB 5052, which will satisfy neither side, which will soon be replaced, which for now may seem like a useful stepping stone, but which some acknowledge is counterproductive. The sort of compromise resembles a situation in which enough money exists to build one bridge yet those involved need two bridges, one at each of their respective locations, and so they “mediate” and agree that each will get half of a bridge at their respective locations. No reasonable person builds a bridge halfway across a river and believes that it solves half of a problem, but that’s what politicians do.
    If they’re not going to build an entire bridge, which benefits some people, rather than doing something that they claim will satisfy most of a polarized “majority,” they should give up and do what we often accuse politicians of doing: “pass the buck.” Let the decisions be made county-by-county because conservative counties like Yakima fear to tolerate what progressive counties like King will boldly embrace.

  • danny honeycutt
    Posted at 17:01h, 17 April Reply

    Thank you for the clearest interpretation I have seen on this and the work you have done to protect those without recourse.

  • kristen
    Posted at 13:42h, 12 May Reply

    Can we get an updated analysis now that SB5052 has passed and been sectionally vetoed?

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