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Bill would tell stores how to handle dropped pot

Bill would tell stores how to handle dropped pot
Hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts came to Seattle Center in Seattle, WA to celebrate the state’s historic legalization of recreational marijuana use. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lawmakers in Olympia are considering an oddly specific proposal about marijuana.

A bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Christopher Hurst of Enumclaw and Republican Rep. Terry Nealey of Dayton would set out steps for the "proper disposal of legal amounts of marijuana inadvertently left at retail stores holding a pharmacy license."

Nealey says the bill was prompted by recent incidents were marijuana was found at Walmart stores, after it was apparently dropped. He says there's some concern that having marijuana on the premises could affect the licensing of the pharmacies at such stores.

Washington voters legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana last fall.

The bill says that if less than an ounce of pot is found at a store with a pharmacy, the store must notify law enforcement, and the marijuana must be properly disposed of.

Nealey says the stores should follow the same steps if the marijuana is left there intentionally, or if it's more than an ounce of pot.
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