State House Passes Medical Pot Bill

After an hours-long floor debate, the state House on Monday passed a bill that would establish a regulatory system for the medical marijuana business and seek to provide criminal liability protection for patients.

However some medical cannabis proponents say the measure has specifications that would actually make it harder for patients to get marijuana  prescriptions.

Washington is one of 15 states where pot use for medical purposes is legal; Voters here overwhelmingly approved an initiative in 1998.

Senate Bill 5073, which passed 54-43, establishes regulations for the medical marijuana business – and seeks to establish criminal liability protection for patients, doctors and providers.  Seattle’s mayor, City Councilmembers and City Attorney have lobbied for the measure’s passage.

The Senate and House will now try to reconcile the different versions of this bill that have passed the respective chambers.