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The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

December 22, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Higher taxes, traffic citations, collective rights: Host of marijuana bills pre-filed

Going into the start of the legislative session next month, lawmakers will be looking at a host of issues around marijuana. Pot reporter Evan Bush already has written on a proposal to slash pot taxes and fold medical marijuana operations into the state’s regulated system. While I didn’t see that plan yet filed during a quick scan of the bill list, I did find four other proposed laws that deal with marijuana.

Here are the bills pre-filed as of Monday:

1. House bill 1041 would restrict people getting a marijuana misdemeanor conviction vacated by the courts to those over 21 years of age.

2. Senate Bill 5003 would increase taxes on marijuana and also give the state more authority to collect those taxes.

3. House Bill 1020 would do a bunch of things, among including: redefine marijuana and licensed dispensers and processors,  and protect the rights of collective gardens for medical purposes and the rights of patients not to be evicted for marijuana use.

4. Senate Bill 5002 would make marijuana use while driving a traffic infraction.

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