Its unclear what will happen to medical marijuana as the state Legislature heads into Thursday, its last scheduled day of this session.
The Senate passed Saturday sweeping new rules for the largely unregulated medical system to reconcile it with the states new recreational pot system. Sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, the bill passed with the supermajority required because it amends Initiative 502, the recreational pot law.
But the bill hit a snag in the House where Republicans led by Rep. Cary Condotta of East Wenatchee insisted that cities and counties should get a cut of the new recreational pot taxes to compensate for enforcing the new law. Condotta called the legal pot law an unfunded mandate.
House Finance Chair Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, said hes not opposed to revenue sharing. But Carlyle wants it to be based on data and known impacts of the new law. And that wont be available until next year when pot stores have been open for a while. Carlyle also acknowledged that Democrats want pot tax revenues for education spending.