In 1998, Washington voters approved a law allowing state residents to legally purchase, possess and use marijuana for medicinal purposes.
But the law is vague, creating problems for users and law enforcement. At issue is the legal phrase “only one patient at any one time,” regarding the sale of marijuana from a care provider.
Marijuana advocates argue the law allows dispensaries to essentially become the care provider for the limited time when they sell to each licensed marijuana card holder.
Spokane County law enforcement officials have a different interpretation. Prosecutors say the law makes no provision for commercial dispensaries or the sale of marijuana.
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Protesters ask to keep medical marijuana dispensaries open
Medical pot supplier raided
September 11, 2009 in City on Page A5 As police pulled marijuana plants from the home of a medical marijuana supplier Thursday in north Spokane, a woman stood on a porch next door, smoking pot from a glass … 5
Police arrest medical-pot dispensary owners
Pot law to get court test
September 2, 2009 in City on Page A7 A legal showdown over Washington’s medical marijuana law is taking shape in Spokane. At issue is a provision in the voter-approved law that allows caretakers to supply up to 1.5 … 4
SpoCannabis founder pleads not guilty to drug charges
August 31, 2009 in City A legal showdown over Washington’s medical marijuana law is taking shape in Spokane. At issue is a provision in the voter-approved law that allows caretakers to supply up to 1 … 5
Medical marijuana seller busted during buying trip
August 26, 2009 in City on Page A1 More than a thousand medical marijuana patients have purchased the drug at a small dispensary on Northwest Boulevard in Spokane in the nearly five months it’s been open. Business is … 14
Pot’s legal ambiguity clouds enforcement
June 28, 2009 in City on Page A1 A thief kicked in his door, ransacked his kitchen and stole his 8-ounce marijuana stash. So the victim called police. But the difference between this Spokane man’s story and a … 3
Medical pot a challenge for law enforcement
June 27, 2009 in City A thief kicked in his door, ransacked his kitchen and stole his eight-ounce marijuana stash. So the victim called police. But the difference between this Spokane man’s story and a …
Marijuana penalties subject of proposal in Wash. Legislature
February 11, 2009 in City on Page A6 OLYMPIA – Civil liberties groups, medical marijuana supporters and a smattering of music festivalgoers may have reason to rejoice: The Legislature is considering a proposal that would effectively decriminalize possession … 3