Senate unanimously passes Rep. Kevin Waters legislation banning the sale of products with dangerous combination of substances

Rep. Kevin Waters
Rep. Kevin Waters

House Bill 1772 now waits for the governor’s signature to become law

A bill from Rep. Kevin Waters that would prohibit the sale of products combining alcohol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is headed to the governor’s desk.

House Bill 1772, which the Senate unanimously passed on Wednesday, would make it illegal to manufacture, import, offer, or sell in Washington a consumable product that contains cannabis or any form of THC in combination with beer, wine, spirits, or any other type of liquor in the same product.

“Mixing these two substances is very dangerous,” said Waters, R-Stevenson. “Essentially, it’s a blackout in a bottle. That’s why I introduced this legislation. We need to prevent people from consuming these products. It’s a matter of public safety. Even brewers agree these products are inappropriate and they support a ban.

“I’ve personally seen the devastating results of mixing alcohol and THC in my own community. A high school student in my district tragically lost her life because of an intoxicated driver who had combined alcohol and THC.

“There is also a concern these types of products could become more prevalent and difficult to stop in the next few years, especially if federal regulations change. This policy would help Washington get ahead of that problem.”

The bill now waits for the governor’s signature to become law.

The 105-day 2023 legislative session is scheduled to end on April 23.

Information provided by Washington State House Republican Communications, houserepublicans.wa.gov


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