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WA Lege day 92: Medical marijuana bill passes House

OLYMPIA – Rules for the growing, processing and selling medical marijuana passed the House of Representatives Monday after heated debate on whether the proposed law has enough safeguards to prevent sales to children.

Supporters said SB 5073 was an effort to be compassionate to the chronically ill and dying who have a doctor’s recommendation for, but no access to, a substance that will give them relief.

Opponents said it will lead to more drug abuse, particularly among children.

With only 12 days left in the regular legislative session, House members sent back to the Senate a proposal that requires the state Agriculture Department to regulate production and processing operations and the Health Department to regulate dispensaries of cannabis for medical use. Sales to anyone under 18 would not be allowed.

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