A bill to ban marijuana from being sold in vending machines and drive through windows was unanimously approved by the Washington state Senate on Monday.
According to Sen. Barbara Bailey (R-Oak Harbor), this legislation aims to prevent edible marijuana products from being sold at public events commonly attended by children, such as football games, as well as to keep them out of parks and coffee shop drive-through windows. Therefore, this bill would effectively restrict where recreational marijuana can be sold, limiting sales to in state-licensed retailers.
Although this legislation bans marijuana vending machines from being placed in public spaces, it appears as though they can continue to be used inside state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries at this time. This is good news for the producers of the Zazzz marijuana vending machines (photo below) which were just launched in Seattle in early February 2015.
On the same day, senators passed another bill with a 45-3 vote that allows for the creation of a marijuana research license. This legislation aims to establish a way for researchers at the University of Washington and Washington State University to have access to cannabis in order to study the effects of the plant.
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