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Washington State Medical Patients Worry About Changing Marijuana Laws

OLYMPIA — Just outside the room with jars full of cannabis, Rainier Xpress owner Patrick Seifert points out the photos of veterans on the walls of the medical-marijuana dispensary’s waiting area.

They’re all customers, says Seifert, who added that he gives every veteran customer a joint a day to cope with PTSD, traumatic brain injury or other medical problems.

But Rainier Xpress, which Siefert says serves up to 120 patients daily, may not be long for this world. Preoccupied with a thriving black market and medical products that aren’t subject to state-mandated testing, lawmakers want to fold the state’s medical-marijuana patients into the highly regulated recreational system.

“I hope we can stay here for a lifetime, but that remains to be seen,” Seifert said as he stood in the dispensary’s lobby. [Read more at the Seattle Times]

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