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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Washington One Step Closer to Being Legal

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Washington One Step Closer to Being Legal

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 03/04/2011 in Medical Marijuana Laws

This week medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington came one step closer to becoming legal as the Washington senate passed SB 5073, a bill that will legally recognize and license cannabis clubs. This is a big step for a state that already has medical marijuana laws.

The bill passed this week with a vote of 29-20 after much debate and several amendments. Some of the amendments included the requirement for dispensaries to be nonprofits, a ban on dispensary advertising in newspapers, and the ability for municipalities to approve and deny where the dispensaries will be located.

Many people may wonder why this is even necessary, seeing as medical cannabis clubs already operate in Washington state to give patients access to them medicine they need. But every step towards legitimizing medical marijuana is one step towards mainstream acceptance of the truth: cannabis is an extremely effective medicine that helps countless medical conditions. And the more laws that are passed regarding the regulation and legal distribution of medical cannabis, the more other states will move to pass their own marijuana laws. And a country with medical marijuana laws in each state sure sounds good to us.

Another bonus of SB 5073 is that it gives protections to marijuana growers: a perk not enjoyed in the state’s original medical marijuana legislature. Additionally, it strengthens protections for patients and physicians who recommend pot. With medicinal marijuana still illegal under federal law, the more protections patients and physicians have from the state, the better.

The next step for this bill is to pass the House vote as HB 1100. Then the governor must sign off on it. Let’s hope that in a state that already has compassionate laws, there are enough compassionate politicians to extend protections to the people who make pot possible for countless patients.

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