Washington: Senate Lawmakers Expand Medical Marijuana Law

Olympia, WA: Senate lawmakers voted 37 to 11 last week to expand Washington’s nearly twelve-year-old medical marijuana law.

Senators approved S.B. 5798, which allows certain health care professionals – including naturopaths, physician’s assistants, osteopathic physicians, and advanced registered nurse practitioners – to legally recommend marijuana therapy to their patients.

Under present law, only licensed physicians may legally recommend medicinal cannabis.

The measure now awaits action from House lawmakers. The measure is scheduled to be heard before members of the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on Thursday, February 18, 2010.

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