A bill being discussed in the Washington legislature may change the way medical marijuana works in our state.
KENNEWICK, WA - A bill being discussed in the Washington legislature may change the way medical marijuana works in our state.
It's called the Cody Bill. It's named after Democratic Representative Eileen Cody who proposed the bill.
The bill's focus is to reconcile the medical marijuana system with the new legal recreational marijuana market.
Some medical marijuana patients are concerned these changes could end up hurting patients who depend on the drug for their well-being.
Several medical marijuana products look very different than the typical recreational pot products.
Bobbi Floyd suffers from chronic pain and for the past year she's turned away from prescription drugs to cannabis. She uses items including cannabis oil, gel caplets and juices. She says it's changed her life.
"If I'm in less pain, I'm in better shape than any drug I've taken from the pharmacy and that means a huge amount to somebody who's chronically ill," said Floyd.
Floyd says the medical marijuana doesn't get her high. It just relieves pain and she's turned to it as a last resort after her doctor told her the pain pills were harming her kidneys.
The Cody Bill includes reducing the amount of marijuana and plants a person can have, getting rid of collective gardens and creating a patient registry.
Floyd is concerned these changes will limit her ability to turn to the drug that's helping her so much.
"If I don't have an alternative I end up back at the pharmacy. I end up back fighting with insurance companies. I end up back at a pain clinic," Floyd said.
The state Liquor Control Board recommended to the legislature that I-502 stores sell medical marijuana too.
Law makers say they want to provide protection and more regulation for patients.
But the complexity and uncertainties of both medical and recreational marijuana being for sale have legislators saying it's a long road ahead of changes to the system.
"I think we're going to have to keep at it. I don't think we're going to get it right the first time anyway," said Rep. Joe Schmick, R- 9th District.
The Cody Bill would reduce the number of plants patients can grow from 15 to 6 and the number of ounces medical users can have from 24 to 3.