Washington State Passes Interstate Cannabis Commerce Bill
Washington's Senate Labor & Commerce Committee approved a bill to set the state up to allow interstate cannabis commerce, reported Marijuana Moment. Now, the legislation moved to the Senate Rules Committee.
Sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers (R), the measure would give the governor authority to enter into agreements with other legal states to permit imports and exports between state-licensed marijuana businesses. In addition, products that come from out-of-state businesses would be required to comply with Washington's regulations, including those related to packaging and labeling.
The legislation would only take effect under one of two conditions: 1) if there’s a federal law change “to allow for the interstate transfer of cannabis” between legal businesses, or 2) if the U.S. Department of Justice issues an opinion “allowing or tolerating” cannabis commerce across state lines.
Sen. Karen Keiser (D), the committee chair, said that it was important to take “early action” on the measure, especially given that it “seems to have pretty substantial support.” However, Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D) said they "need to make sure that we actually address social equity” in the industry first.
Will U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Sign Cannabis Legalization Bill?
The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) could become the next jurisdiction in the U.S. to legalize cannabis.
Sponsored by Sen. Janelle Sarauw (I), the legislation is not meant to be an economic panacea for the territory, even if it might bolster tourism and help straighten up the existing medical cannabis program, reported Marijuana Moment.
However, Sarauw said, during a …