Initiative 692, Now and Then: The Past, Present, and Future of Medical Marijuana in Washington State

Vitaliy Mkrtchyan, Initiative 692, Now and Then: The Past, Present, and Future of Medical Marijuana in Washington State, 47 Gonz. L. Rev. 839 (2012)

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On November 3, 1998, Washington State became the second state in the Union to allow the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Since then, the law has undergone amendments in 2007, 2010, and most recently in April of 2011. Despite the generous amount of attention afforded medical marijuana by the legislature, courts, and people of Washington during the thirteen years since the law first took effect, scholarly dissection of the law is nonexistent.

This note aims to fill that void, but its scope is limited. Essentially, it seeks to examine the legal history of medical marijuana in Washington State; it is not a comprehensive foray into the social, moral, or medical implications of medicinal marijuana in general.

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