State to consider personal marijuana grows
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Since the legalization of marijuana, the business has been booming. However, Washington is one of eight states that allows recreational marijuana sales, but the only one of those that doesn't allow people to grow their own plants.
“I think it's just another flower growing in the backyard. Nothing wrong with it,” said Sweet Relief marijuana shop visitor, Oscar Padilla.
Liz Hallock, owner of Sweet Relief, says she supports home pot grows, and she isn't worried about it affecting her business.
“Anything that is going to be home grown, probably isn't going to be able to compete with the products that we have in our store. And you still can't do home extractions, so you wouldn't be able to make sodas or cooking oils. You would just be growing four plants in your backyard,” said Hallock.
Local pot shop owner, Ken Weaver, sees things a different way.
“There's no way to track, there's no way to control, there's no way to do anything once you allow everyone to grow legally. The fact that the other states are doing it doesn't mean that it's a successful program, it just means that it's a program," said Weaver.
Weaver admits that allowing people to grow marijuana at home would affect his sales, but he says there's more to it.
“You've got a hostile federal government that's already looking for a way to close us down. I mean, let's take what we have and be happy with what we have. This works. Let's not mess it up,” said Weaver.
Still, Hallock believes the state should give people freedom to grow.
“Whether it's a financial, private, personal reason - we shouldn't inhibit people from doing what they want to do in the privacy of their own homes. There's no reason to be greedy,” said Hallock.
There will be a public hearing regarding the matter on October 4th in Olympia. You can stream it online at lcb.wa.gov.