Hundreds expected in Olympia as lawmakers weigh medical pot

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Cannabis Patient Protection Act found little support among cannabis patients Thursday as lawmakers considered the proposal for overhauling the state’s medical marijuana system.The measure, introduced by leading Republican Sen. Ann Rivers, is one of at least two major bills that would reconcile the legally dubious, unregulated medical market with Washington’s heavily taxed recreational weed.The proposal would allow for stand-alone medical marijuana stores that can’t sell dried pot — only edibles and concentrates. It also would require product testing that’s at least as stringent as that of state-licensed recreational marijuana.Many bureaucrats, lawmakers and licensed pot businesses say they’re worried that the lesser-taxed or untaxed medical shops, which have proliferated across the state in the past few years, are undercutting sales at recreational stores and thus threatening the state’s legal pot system. They also say they’re concerned about patient safety.“My primary objective is to provide safe, affordable patient access for medical marijuana,” Rivers, of La Center, said as she introduced the bill at a hearing of the Senate Health Care Committee.last_img

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