OLYMPIA- Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law an overhaul of Washington's medical marijuana market that creates a voluntary database of patients and cracks down on unregulated dispensary sales.
Inslee has said the measure is needed now that the state's voter-approved recreational market is in place. The passage of Initiative 502 in 2012 allowed the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use. Recreational businesses have complained that they're being squeezed by medical dispensaries that have proliferated in many parts of the state.
Among the provisions of the measure is eliminating the current collective garden structure starting July 1, 2016, but allowing four-patient "cooperatives." Another element creates a voluntary patient registry. However, unregistered patients wouldn't be allowed to possess the same amounts of marijuana or enjoy similar tax breaks that registered patients would.
AP/April 24, 2015
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