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Afternoon Fizz: Senate Expands Medical Marijuana Access

By Erica C. Barnett March 11, 2010

This just in from Olympia: The state legislature just passed legislation extending the authority to prescribe medical marijuana to any licensed health-care provider who is currently authorized to distribute controlled substances, including nurses, osteopaths, naturopaths, and physicians assistants. Currently, only doctors can prescribe medical marijuana. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36), builds on a statewide initiative passed in 1998 that allows doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions.
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