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Panel examines future of medical pot in Wash.

October 20, 2013 • Business


In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, patient Matthew Dillon, left, has his blood pressure checked by Ella Miltner as he is examined while renewing his authorization for a medical marijuana prescription at the Choice Wellness Center in Seattle. A state work group on Monday is due to release its recommendations for how to regulate Washington’s freewheeling medical marijuana industry, recommendations that could include reductions in how much pot patients can have, an end to the collective gardens that have supplied the sick and the not-so-sick for the past 15 years, stricter requirements for obtaining medical marijuana authorizations, and taxes on medical pot. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — As the proprietor of a medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Dawn Darington has seen patients wracked by AIDS and cancer. She’s also seen “patients” who show up for a free pot brownie and never come back.

Now, Washington is pushing forward with plans to entice the latter into its new world of legal, taxed recreational pot, and advocates like Darington say they’re worried about where that’s going to leave those who actually need cannabis.

A state work group on Monday is due to release its recommendations for how to regulate Washington’s freewheeling medical marijuana industry — recommendations that could include reductions in how much pot patients can have, an end to the collective gardens that have supplied the sick and the not-so-sick, stricter requirements for obtaining medical marijuana authorizations, and taxes on medical pot.

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