This fall, public servants will convene meetings across Washington state to discuss how much marijuana constitutes a two-month supply, reports the Associated Press. It is part of an attempt to shore up the state’s medical marijuana law, which has been on the books for nearly a decade without defining the 60-day supply patients are allowed to have on hand. After years of attempts to amend the law, the state Health Department has been ordered to spell out how much marijuana makes up that theoretical two-month cache.
Prosecutors and police support the change, saying it should help officers determine whom to arrest and whom to leave alone. The American Civil Liberties Union and some state legislators think it could be the beginning of even broader reforms. Some patients wish the state wouldn’t bother, spooked the government will make the limits too restrictive and cause more arrests for people in frail health. If the law is changed, dissenters would rather see stronger protection from arrest or an allowance for group growing operations. Defining the 60-day supply, they say, is a do-nothing compromise aimed mostly at pleasing law enforcement.