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Washington State Senate Approves Bill on How to Handle 'Dropped' Marijuana

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Senate has unanimously approved a bill that sets up steps on what should be done if legal amounts of marijuana are "inadvertently" left at stores that have pharmacies.

The bill now goes back to the House because the Senate amended the original bill on the floor Monday night.    

The House unanimously passed the bill last month.

The measure 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. The Senate's amendment clarifies that the marijuana is destroyed or rendered unusable.
Supporters say the bill was prompted by recent incidents where marijuana was found at Walmart stores, after it was apparently dropped.

There was concern that having marijuana on the premises could affect the licensing of the pharmacies at such stores.