Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Washington Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Sent to Governor

House and Senate lawmakers today voted in favor of a final version of Senate Bill 5798, which expands the state’s nearly twelve-year-old medical marijuana law.

The measure now goes to the Governor’s desk for final approval.

If signed into law, SB 5798 will allow additional health care professionals ­ including naturopaths, physician’s assistants, osteopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians assistants, and advanced registered nurse practitioners ­ to legally recommend marijuana therapy to their patients. Under present law, only licensed physicians may legally recommend medicinal cannabis. You can read the entire bill here.

Washington state would be the first state to codify these recommendation rights into law.

According to press reports, Gov. Chris Gregoire has not yet expressed an opinion on the bill.

You may urge the Governor to support this measure by entering your zip code below.

Thank you for supporting NORML’s marijuana law reform efforts in Washington.

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