Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, and Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, announced Tuesday that they had introduced House and Senate bills to clarify the state's medical marijuana regulation.
The bills, Senate Bill 5073 and House Bill 1100, would retain the legal limits on marijuana possession in the state, but would require the Department of Agriculture to regulate the growing of medical marijuana and the Department of Health to license medical marijuana dispensaries. Voters legalized medical marijuana in 1998 through a ballot initiative.
Changes being considered in Olympia will be closely watched by Tacoma city officials, who have said they want changes in the medical marijuana measure approved by voters. The existing law doesn’t specifically allow dispensaries, but they have sprouted up in Tacoma and elsewhere, taking advantage of a part of the law that allows patients to designate a provider to act for them.