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Washington State Senate OKs Changes To Medical Marijuana System

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington senators moved forward with establishing more regulation on the state's medical marijuana system, approving changes that would give patients greater protection from arrest and bring the supply chain out of a legal gray area.

After lengthy debate, senators approved the bill on a 29-20 vote.

Current state law does not allow for marijuana sales, instead saying that patients must grow marijuana themselves or designate a caregiver to grow it for them. But growing marijuana can be
expensive and difficult, particularly for very ill people.

The measure further clarifies who can grow and sell the product by establishing licenses, as well as creating a law enforcement registry where authorized user can enroll.

Seattle Democratic Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles says sick people approved to use marijuana need a safe, reliable source for the plant.

Opponents say that the bill moves the state closer to legalizing marijuana use.
      

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