Business Insider (Kleiman): Washington’s Weed Legalization Could Be A Disaster For Medical Users, And They’re Making A Last Stand

By HARRISON JACOBS – January 10, 2014

Many medical marijuana supporters in Washington were skeptical about the legalization of recreational weed when the campaign took off in 2012. It seemed odd, but medical marijuana users saw what voters didn’t. Legalization could make the medical marijuana system much worse — or even kill it.

Their worst fears may already be coming true.

Initiative 502, a 2012 voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, came into effect on Jan. 1. While the law was purposely written in a way that steered clear of the medical marijuana system, it placed the State Liquor Control Board in charge of creating a tightly regulated, tax-generating system for recreational marijuana.

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