Marijuana as Medicine: The Debate ContinuesOctober 21st, 2007 by josh farley
Josh Farley writes:
It’s illegal in all 50 states, according to the federal government. In just 12 states — including Washington — those who can find a doctor who will “recommend” it can have it. But they’re not told how to get it or who to get it from.
That’s the current world of marijuana as medicine. But the Washington Department of Health hopes to make a vague law, passed by the state’s voters in 1998, a little bit more lucid.
Here’s my question for you: How much pot should someone with full legal clearance to use it be allowed to have?
Each state’s rules are a little different. Some say a few ounces, while Oregon, for instance, says 24 ounces. But Washington’s was by far the most vague — a “60-day supply” — with no clarification on what that means.
That’s led law enforcement and the state’s prosecutors to write their own guidelines. And it has made doctors and patients who are willing to participate have to tip-toe, while still fearing federal prosecution (marijuana is illegal to the feds under any jurisdiction).
So what should Washington do?