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Terminally ill patients may soon be able to legally obtain 24 ounces of marijuana for medical use

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YAKIMA, Wash-- Terminally ill patients may soon be able to legally obtain 24 ounces of marijuana for medical use.

The Health Department proposed a law that would allow patients to have six mature plants, eight immature plants and about a pound and a half of marijuana for every 60 days.  A pound and a half of marijuana is worth about five to ten thousand dollars.

Currently, we have a law that allows patients to have marijuana for up to 60 days, but the law does not say how much marijuana.  

We spoke with the Yakima Police Department.  They say it is too early to tell if the proposed law will affect illegal marijuana growing operations in Yakima.  They agree the state should set a strict amount of marijuana for patients.  However, they don't want the amount set too high because of the possibility of patients selling the unused marijuana.

We tried to contact hospitals and clinics for the terminally ill but no one wanted to comment on such a controversial issue.

A hearing for the proposal will take place on August 25th.
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