Medical Pot Patients Urge Tacoma Council To Keep Marijuana Shops Open

WASHINGTON:  On Tuesday nearly 100 others urged the City Council to keep medical marijuana available rather than shutting down so-called dispensaries, as it promised to do in December.

Terminal cancer patients, disabled veterans and others with chronic pain and illnesses made their way through the standing-room-only crowd to the lectern. Many said medical marijuana saved their lives and they don’t want to resort to buying it from a drug dealer.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland listened intently to speakers and took notes. The council intends to forward many comments to state legislators, who Strickland said have a responsibility to create clear regulations that cities can enforce and that business owners and patients can follow.

But nothing people said Tuesday will alter the city’s direction, Strickland said before Tuesday’s hearing, which was scheduled in the wake of the council’s decision to close the shops.


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