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Fate Uncertain For Medical Marijuana Sellers

Medical marijuana patients in Washington State should probably not have to worry about federal intervention at this point. But a member of the Washington Liquor control board says the fate of medical marijuana dispensaries is uncertain.

The Washington legislature failed to enact legislation proposed last session that would have rolled the state’s medical marijuana system into the new recreational program.

The Liquor Control Board was involved in the process by sending recommendations to lawmakers regarding Medical pot. They were prompted by concerns that the Federal government had over pot sales or production that were not covered under the state’s new system that they considered to be a grey area.

The liquor board’s Chris Marr says the Feds had issued a memorandum that listed several scenarios that they said could prompt legal action that could mean bad news for the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries.

Marr: “If I was a dispensary right now operating, I would probably be pretty concerned if  operated with 100 feet of a school with the issue of youth access or ties to criminal enterprises, or were diverting some of my product to states outside of Washington.”

Marr says he believes those with medical marijuana permits that are growing their own pot likely do not face any legal action from  the Federal government. He says he expects the state legislature to again take up the issue of medical marijuana next session.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.
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