Defending providers of medical marijuana

The Seattle Times editorial board supports the city of Seattle's move to license and regulate medical marijuana co-ops.
The Seattle Times (US)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A committee of the Seattle City Council grappled Wednesday with a proposed ordinance for medical-marijuana cooperatives. It would be much easier for Seattle to ban them, as some suburban cities have done — and it would be wrong. Ultimately, marijuana prohibition has to end. The next step is to defend the providers of medical patients. Seattle's job will be to set up a system of regulation that is so clearly reasonable, and supported by people here, that prosecution of licensed suppliers will be a risk the federal government chooses not to take.