State agencies are recommending a new, tightly regulated medical marijuana industry in Washington that would require patients to register with the state, eliminate home grows and reduce the amount of pot they can possess.
The Liquor Control Board, Department of Revenue and Department of Health released a draft proposal on Monday of their recommendations. The public has until Nov. 8 to comment on the proposal, and it will be submitted to the Legislature in January.
Among the highlights:
- The state Dept. of Health will create a mandatory patient and provider registry. Registration expires annually, and patients must undergo a new exam before renewing their prescription.
- Patients will be exempt from paying state and local taxes if they’re listed on the registry.
- Children younger than 17 can qualify as a medical marijuana patient if they have parental consent.
- Doctors or other health professionals that prescribe marijuana must have a permanent office. Their practice cannot consist primarily of authorizing marijuana.
- The proposal reduces the amount of marijuana a patient can possess to three ounces (the current limit is 24 ounces).
- Eliminates home grows.
Read the full proposal here.