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Washington State Bill Regulating Medical Marijuana Advances

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - House lawmakers have approved a bill to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and give greater legal protection to patients with a prescription for cannabis.

The bill, originally sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle, aims to bring medical marijuana dispensaries out of the legal gray area in which they operate under current law.

It establishes a licensing process for cannabis producers and sets up regulations for dispensaries, including a provision that they must be located at least 500 feet away from a school.

The measure also creates arrest protection for physicians who prescribe medical marijuana and for the patients who use it in compliance with possession limitations.

Opponents argue that this moves the state one step closer to legalization.

The bill now returns to the Senate for approval of amendments.
      
      

      
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