Governor signs second bill from freshman legislator Rep. Kevin Waters

The governor signed a bill from Rep. Kevin Waters on Monday that will prohibit the sale of products combining alcohol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in Washington.

House Bill 1772 is Waters’ second bill from the 2023 session to receive the governor’s signature. The bill makes it illegal in Washington state to manufacture, import, offer, or sell 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.

“This bill is about public safety and unfortunately I’ve witnessed firsthand the devastating consequences that can happen from mixing these substances,” said Waters, R-Stevenson. “Tragically, a high school student in my district was killed because of a driver who was intoxicated after combining alcohol and THC.

“Mixing alcohol and THC is dangerous. It’s like a blackout in a bottle,” added Waters. “Cannabis and alcohol are both depressant drugs and the Food and Drug Administration warns that alcohol may worsen sedation and drowsiness when combined with THC.

“There is concern that over the next several years these types of products could become more prevalent and harder to prevent. This bill helps Washington get ahead of that potential problem.”

The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the 2023 legislative session, which ended on April 23.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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