A rule on how much pot constitutes a 60-day supply for medical-marijuana users in Washington state was finalized yesterday, a decade after voters passed an initiative legalizing marijuana for people suffering from terminal and debilitating illnesses. The Seattle Times says the rule, in effect Nov. 2, sets the supply limit at 24 ounces of usable marijuana plus 15 plants. Those who need more marijuana to manage their pain will have to prove they need it; how they would do that remains unclear.
Medical-marijuana advocates say the amounts are unreasonable – especially the 15-plant limit – and put patients at risk of criminal prosecution. In Seattle, Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said that if “you’re dying of cancer, we’re not going to prosecute you if you have 15 plants or 30. If somebody is legitimately ill, we’re not going to prosecute that case, period.” In 1998, Initiative 692 legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Passed by 59 percent of voters, the initiative said patients with valid certification from their doctors could possess a 60-day supply – but never said how much that was.