WA Governor - Bill Action
(May 13, 2019) - HB 1792

HB 1792 – “Concerning criminal penalties applicable to licensed marijuana retailers and employees of marijuana retail outlets.”

  • See Cannabis Observer’s summaries of HB 1792's committee report cutoff, opposite house cutoff, and sine die cutoff.
  • On Monday May 13th, Governor Inslee signed the legislation. It is awaiting placement in the 2019 Session Laws and assignment of a formal effective date by the Secretary of State (SOS). See the signing ceremony’s official photos and read the Bill as Passed Legislature.
  • The Governor described the bill as creating a “new offense” for budtenders selling to minors, saying it makes “the crime and punishment proportional to alcohol” sales to youth. He went on to thank the sponsor, Representative Eric Pettigrew for the “very well-reasoned bill” and the cannabis “industry leaders” “who are making our effort the most successful in the nation.” Pettigrew was unable to attend, but Senate President Pro Tempore Karen Keiser and Stanford were present (video).
  • A fiscal note for this bill was never produced, nor is there an appropriation for it in the proposed state budget.