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The bill would require store managers or employees to contact the police when less than an ounce of marijuana is found in a store — even though less than an ounce of marijuana is legal in Washington
[Marijuana.com]

Now that marijuana — well, an ounce of it, anyway — is legal in Washington state, there’s a whole new landscape to explore. One of the questions that a Republican lawmaker sees as a “real concern” involves what to do with marijuana accidentally left behind by customers in stores.

Yes, Rep. Terry Nealey (R-Dayton) has actually spent time worrying about this, and not only does he feel it’s worth his time (and your tax money) to write a law about it — his law would actually require store employees or managers to notify local law enforcement or the Washington State Patrol when less than an ounce of weed is found.

According to Matt Driscoll at the Seattle WeeklyNealey claims his bill comes from concerns that stores with pharmacies might run into “licensing troubles” if drugs that are federally illegal — like cannabis — are found lying around in Safeway, Albertson’s, Walmart or Rite-Aid and there’s no law about how to react.

Rep. Terry Nealey: Marijuana left behind in retail stores is a "real concern" (because WalMart told him to say so)
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Rep. Terry Nealey:
Marijuana left behind in retail stores is a “real concern” (because WalMart told him to say so)
[HouseRepublicans.wa.gov]

“If a manager or employee of a retail store holding a pharmacy license finds one ounce or less of marijuana inadvertently left within the premises of the business, he or she must promptly notify either the local law enforcement agency or the Washington State Patrol,” Nealey’s bill reads, despite the fact that less than an ounce of marijuana is now legal in Washington.

“Following such law enforcement notification, the store manager or employee must properly dispose of the marijuana,” the bill’s language reads. Since it doesn’t specify exactly how the manager or employee is to “properly dispose” of said weed, I’d guess there’s going to be a lot of weed being “disposed of” in bongs and Zig Zags.

Wait; when asked by the Seattle Weekly what, exactly, constitutes “proper disposal” of found marijuana, Rep. Nealey said, “That’s a good question. We might tweak the language there.” Gee, thanks, Seattle Weekly.

The lawmaker told the Weekly that a lobbyist representing WalMart “persuaded” him to action with stories of seven such baggies of weed supposedly left behind recently at WalMart stores in Washington. (Damn, sounds like I need to start back going to WalMart, just to troll the aisles for devil’s lettuce.)

 

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