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Medical marijuana forum

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- It has been a hot button issue across the state and on Friday, the Columbia Basin Badger Club hosted a forum on medical marijuana.

Chet Biggerstaff, of Three Rivers Collective, and Franklin County Prosecutor Steve Lowe were peppered with questions from club members at the Kennewick Red Lion.

Biggerstaff is trying to start a medical cannabis dispensary in the Tri-Cities to help patients who are authorized by their doctor to use the drug.

One issue that was brought up was; if marijuana is really the best choice as a pain reliever, how should patients be able to get it, and how should the police enforce the law?

Biggerstaff said, "What patients are looking for is the ability to get together and help each other. They're looking for the ability to have a store of some sort where they can get their medicine."

Lowe said, "Some of the concern with many of the doctors that I've spoken with, (and they're calling me), is what kind of trouble are they going to get with the licenses?"

In all about 70 people attended the forum.

Right now patients can use marijuana but are not told how to get it. Police say they just have to enforce current laws.