The state Legislature has expanded access to medical marijuana, allowing people other than doctors to prescribe the drug.
"Senate Bill 5798 recognizes that many patients rely on medical professionals other than MDs and ODs for their primary health care and makes this form of therapy equally available to them," said Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, the measure's main sponsor.
In 1998, state voters OK's an initiative to allow doctors and and osteopaths to authorize the medical use of marijuana by patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions.
SB5798 extends the ability to authorize the medical pot use to other licensed health professionals who are already authorized to prescribe controlled substances. These professionals include naturopathic doctors, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants and osteopathic physician assistants.
On Thursday the Seante concurred with changes made to the measure by the House. It now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire.
March 11, 2010
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Bill allows people other than docs to OK medical pot