SEATTLE -- Beginning Friday, medical marijuana dispensaries will be illegal to operate in our state. But dispensary owners won't be closing anytime soon. Instead, many of them will be turning their businesses into something else.
Under the law signed by Governor Christine Gregoire last month, only patients and designated providers can produce cannabis under what's called collective gardens. The gardens are limited to 10 qualifying patients growing up to 45 plants.
ACLU attorney Alison Holcomb says while the new law was meant to add clarity for dispensary owners and patients, it lacks on one front.
I think it's a good step in the right direction I still think it falls short on the regulatory side of things, she said.
The new law also requires doctors have an established relationship with a patient before writing an authorization.
The City of Seattle recently passed an ordinance requiring medical marijuana operations have business licenses.