Write in Your Comments on HB 1692

Since the hearing on HB 1692 is tomorrow (2/15) AND we need to get it out of committee by the end of the week (2/17) we need YOUR help! Please submit written testimony on the bill in support and please do it NOW! If you would like some suggestions on where to start we have some templates for you to consider.....

First things first.....committee emails. 

To House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee:

#1.

Honorable Chairperson Blake and members of the Committee;

My name is ____________________________________

Thank you for your consideration of HB 1692

This legislation allows our industry to be recognized under the RCWs as the agricultural activity that it is.  

Anyone that’s ever visited a cannabis farm sees the same things in one form or another; light, nutrients, water… early morning work, late night work… toil, sweat, and the hard-earned fruits of the labor. Its agriculture, and in 2016 it brought the state $400 million in tax revenue.

Unfortunately, when a county wants to put a ban on our farms, they cite the RCWs and they say, “you’re not agriculture because the State doesn’t recognize you as agriculture.”

Often, these local bans are adopted after farms are up and running. First welcomed, then told to pack their/our bags. [Feel free to talk about the personal financial investment that is at risk with any regulatory change. Any personal experience with emergency ordinances that can freeze a business in its tracks]  We realize that nothing short of state preemption would fully prevent county from zoning farms out of existence; but being rightfully recognized as agriculture sends a clear message that we shouldn’t be treated any differently than the other commodities for which Washington is known.

Thank you for your support of 1692.

 

#2.

Honorable Chairperson Blake and members of the Committee;

My name is ____________________________________

Thank you for your consideration of HB 1692

A couple years back, cannabis agricultural operations were made ineligible for certain tax exemptions. While we certainly believe that exemptions should apply to cannabis farms as they do to every other agricultural activity, the bill before you today keeps the tax preferences exactly where they are. It simply removes unnecessary language that casts a shadow over all other statutes.

Our industry has developed despite federal prohibition and an absence of commercial lending. We’ve built our own operations from scratch, under state and local regulations that change frequently and leave us with lasting uncertainty. We have grown because of many hours of hard work on our farms and countless days on the road. We simply wish to be recognized as the agricultural activity that we’ve been all along.

Thank you for your support of 1692.

 

#3.

Honorable Chairperson Blake and members of the Committee;

My name is ____________________________________

Thank you for your consideration of HB 1692

Please let me tell you about our experience with county codes and our struggle to be treated fairly and equitably under the law.  

[FILL IN YOUR STORY]

We have all worked very hard to create the industry that has brought significant revenue to the state. This bill adds the much-needed legitimacy to our business and our livelihood.

 

#4.

Honorable Chairperson Blake and members of the Committee;

My name is ____________________________________

Thank you for your consideration of HB 1692

For over 30 years, Washington agriculture has been protected from nuisance lawsuits under our state’s “right to farm” laws. In recognizing Washington’s cannabis industry as the agricultural activity that it is, we would be adding our businesses to a long list of protected farms and forestry practices. State law protects pig, mushroom, and onion farms alike; cannabis ought to be included as well.  

Help finish the work that i502 started when voters chose to create a taxed and regulated cannabis agricultural industry, please protect their choice by passing HB1692.

 

 

 

 




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