WASHINGTON: It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.
Both the state House and Senate have now approved measures to roll medical cannabis into Washington’s recreational pot system. That means big changes ahead for marijuana patients.
Today, a medical patient might go to their corner or local dispensary. If the bill goes into effect, that patient would go into a recreational store that is dual licensed. There might also be stand-along medical marijuana specialty clinics, but the sort-of ubiquitous green cross stores basically go away under this system.
Patients are concerned about the quality and the quantity of access that they would have. One analogy being made is that this is like sending a medical patient into a liquor store for their medicine.”