It is no wonder our cities and counties are struggling to deal with the disparate recreational and the so-called "medical" marijuana laws presently existing in our state.
Partly due to the shortcomings of the referendum process, we have two separate state agencies (professional licensing and liquor control) and two sets of RCWs , and a void in regulation as to location and zoning (left to local entities) in this rapidly expanding enterprise.
Only a few legislators really have a good understanding that the "medical marijuana" side of the equation is fraught with quackery, black market selling and the economics of tax avoidance. The loophole of collective medical gardens is especially subject to illegal activity.
There are some legitimate medical and pharmacological uses of cannabis, but visit any of the many green cross medical dispensaries and you will see "patients," mostly in their 20s and 30s, looking for the euphoric effect.
When did smoking anything become conducive to health ? Dosing is especially critical with the medical benefits of THC, and this is best provided by other administration means.
Let us hope this session of our Legislature can bring some sense to this mess we have gotten ourselves into.