Legal Marijuana in Focus: Washington

Today’s state in focus for our special report on the is Washington State. What makes this state different from others who have allowed for the medicinal use of the drug, however, is that it is just one of two in the country—the other being Colorado— where pot use is also approved for recreational use.

Washington’s journey to join the ranks of pot-legal states began in 1998 with Ballot Initiative I-692. Much like California’s Proposition 215, the fate of pot legalization hinged on the vote of the people, which also resulted in a win for the proponents. More than 1.1 million people, almost 59 percent of the state, voted for pot legalization.

Under the initiative, a patient possessing proper documentation from his physician is eligible for the medical use of marijuana. The initiative also stated specific diseases eligible for medical marijuana, which were updated twice: first in 2008 and second in 2010. Chronic renal failure is the latest condition to be added.

In 2012, Washington became the first state to approve pot for recreational use with Initiative 502, which faced little opposition. According to New Approach Washington, a pro-marijuana legalization movement, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and older to possess marijuana. It also allowed dispensaries to operate in the state.

As of 2012, there are an estimated 100,000 medical marijuana patients in Washington.


Posted on May 16, 2014, in Dispensaries, Health, Health Services, Marijuana, Products and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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