Washington pot enthusiasts might dream of someday growing their own marijuana plants at home, but Mary Jane Smith, owner of MJ’s Pot Shop in Pullman, wouldn’t do it if she could.
“It’s not like a houseplant where you go buy water and life is good,” Smith said.
That is why Smith does not feel threatened by a bill introduced earlier this year in the Washington state Legislature that would allow residents to grow their own personal marijuana plants.
The bill would allow residents 21 and older to possess no more than six marijuana plants and up to 24 ounces of useable, harvested marijuana. No more than 12 plants or 48 ounces of harvested marijuana could be cultivated or possessed in a single home, regardless of how many adults 21 and older live there.
Smith, who opened up shop in Pullman in 2014, thinks Washington residents should have the right to grow at home, and she does not believe that right would detract from her own business, which offers regulated marijuana from suppliers across the state.
Currently, cultivation and possession of marijuana plants in Washington is a felony offense. There is an exception for authorized medical marijuana patients.
Between 2010 and 2011, the Pullman Police Department investigated a total of nine marijuana cultivation cases, according to statistics provided by the department.
From 2012 – the year recreational marijuana became legal in the Washington – to 2015, the department investigated zero cases of marijuana cultivation. Since then, the department has turned five cases over to the Quad Cities Drug Task Force, though it was unclear whether those cases were related to cultivation or delivery.
Pullman police Chief Gary Jenkins said he was not aware of the bill but his initial thoughts were that legalization of homegrown pot could increase the availability of