Medical Marijuana Patients Denounce Proposed Plant Limits, Patient Registry

Jan 15, 2014
Originally published on January 15, 2014 3:54 pm

One of the hottest topics before the Washington legislature this year is how to regulate the medical marijuana marketplace.

Lawmakers plan to consider several proposals -- including whether to establish a patient registry and limits on the number of plants patients can grow at home.

At a hearing Wednesday, lawmakers heard plenty of criticism from patients and their advocates, including Ryan Day who said his five-year-old son takes a high dose marijuana extract to control severe epilepsy.

“I was a U.S. Marine. I’ve never done drugs in my life," Day said. "My wife is an elementary school teacher with an advanced degree in teaching mathematics to special needs children. We are good taxpaying, law abiding citizens who just want to help our son.”

But Day said the proposed limit of three plants per patient for home grows wouldn’t produce enough medicine for his son.

Washington’s Liquor Control Board and other agencies have proposed to lawmakers that they roll the current unregulated medical marijuana marketplace into the state’s new regulated recreational market.

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