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(Medical marijuana supporters protest outside the Spokane County
Courthouse in September 2009)


OLYMPIA, Wash. - More medical professionals will be allowed to authorize the use of medical marijuana for qualified patients under a measure approved by the Washington state Senate.
     
On a 37-11 vote Friday, the Senate passed a bill that adds physician assistants, naturopaths and others to the list of those who can officially recommend marijuana for patients under the state's medical marijuana law. Under current law, only physicians are allowed to write the recommendation.
     
The measure now heads to the House for further consideration.

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(January 21, 2010)

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Justice Richard Sanders dissented on that point, arguing that Washington voters intended to protect qualifying patients from being denied "any right or privilege" for their use of marijuana when they passed Initiative 692.

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