Patients wary of possible medical cannabis changes

Patients wary of possible medical cannabis changes

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SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 25: Staarla Heaney smokes a marijuana cigarette at the San Francisco Patients Cooperative, a medical cannabis cooperative, July 25, 2002 in San Francisco, California. A San Francisco city supervisor has drafted a proposal allowing voters in San Francisco to decide whether the city should consider getting into the marijuana growing business. Supervisor Mark Leno said he drafted the proposal because the Drug Enforcement Administration remains determined to close down clubs that distribute medical marijuana in San Francisco and other parts of California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Two bills working their way through the Legislature seek to reconcile the medical market with the new recreational market approved by voters in the fall of 2012.

Both bills look to reduce the amount of marijuana and number of plants patients can possess, and would do away with collective gardens by the middle of next year. They would also establish a patient registry that would provide medical marijuana patients with an authorization card that would grant them a sales tax break on medical marijuana purchased at authorized stores. Both measures allow stores to have a medical endorsement to sell medical along with recreational marijuana and also allow an option for endorsed retail stores to solely serve medical marijuana patients.

Lawmakers in Olympia have worried that the largely unregulated medical system would undercut the taxed, recreational industry.

 

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