Medical cannabis industry in Washington State on life support
By John Schroyer
Washington State’s marijuana industry appears to be evolving into a singular cannabis market, with almost no distinction between medical and recreational.
That’s the apparent outcome so far from the state’s move to merge its previously unregulated MMJ market with the heavily regulated adult-use businesses that materialized after voters approved rec in 2012.
The overarching result, say many on the ground in Washington State, is that most businesses and consumers are moving toward an industry that caters mostly to those who purchase cannabis, regardless of whether it’s used for medical purposes or simply for fun.