Medical Marijuana Activists Fear For Their Industry in Washington State

After clearing an early pathway for marijuana legalization, medical cannabis activists are afraid their businesses could be swept under as Initiative 502 forces them to comply with new regulations designed with the recreational market in mind.

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to require medical and recreational marijuana businesses to apply for a marijuana license under I-502 regulations, which legalized recreational cannabis. The rule would place medical and recreational cannabis programs in the same channel, requiring them to obtain the same license, said Alison Holcomb, attorney for the state’s American Civil Liberties Union and author of I-502.

“The government is trying to control medical marijuana and load (those businesses) onto the Titanic that is 502 (licensing) and set it asail,” said Steve Sarich, leader of the Cannabis Action Coalition. “That would eliminate medical and I-502 in one fell swoop.”

– Read the entire article at Puget Sound Business Journal.



  1. Anonymous on

    If the laws at the federal level were changed, we could put all this nonsense behind us.

  2. Anonymous on

    I voted for I-502 in line with their statements that it would NOT eliminate the existing medical Marijuana program!!