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How to fix medical marijuana in Washington with one simple bill

How to fix medical marijuana in Washington with one simple bill

December 8, 2014 | By Jake Ellison

First, let’s recap how medical marijuana in Washington got so screwed up:

State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, sponsors SB 5073 in 2011. Bill would create regulated medical marijuana system.
It passes Legislature.
(Could be No. 2) Feds threaten to arrest everyone in state for conspiracy to distribute or profit from illegal drugs sales.
Then-governor Chris Gregoire freaks out.
Then-governor Christine Gregoire scratches out just enough of the law to unintentionally make selling marijuana through “dispensaries” supported by “collectives” a vaguely state-legal enterprise.
Entrepreneurs begin growing marijuana in collectives and selling it to anyone who can get a medical card or pretend to have a medical card or just wants to have a medical card.
Taking matters into their own hands, voters run an end-game and legalize it.

That pretty much catches us up to today’s screwed-up medical marijuana scene, which, frankly, isn’t all that bad if you’re in favor of full legalization … but hold on! There’s a simple fix that could be reality soonish.

http://blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana/2014/12/08/how-to-fix-medical-marijuana-in-washington-with-one-simple-bill/#28887101=0



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