Medical Marijuana Advocate: Proposed Overhaul Goes Too Far

By Austin Jenkins

Medical marijuana patients in Washington would have to register with the state and buy their medicine at specially licensed recreational pot stores. But they wouldn’t pay sales tax. State regulators Monday proposed a sweeping overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana industry. Ezra Eickmeyer is with the Washington Cannabis Association. He says the proposed rules go too far.

Ezra Eickmeyer: “The thought of completely merging the two systems and simply creating a database for people to be in if they want a tax exemption for getting some pot to smoke – it doesn’t really cover what patients need.”

Eickmeyer says some merger of the medical and recreational marijuana markets in Washington might work. But he objects to the draft recommendation that patients could no longer grow their own marijuana or have collective gardens. Next up, the public will have a chance to comment on these proposals. State regulators will then make final recommendations to the legislature by January 1st.

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