Big changes could be coming to how Washington state regulates medical pot

Jake Thomas, The Inlander

The number keeps growing. Nearly 100 bills related to marijuana have been introduced in Olympia so far this legislative session. One of them, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center, seeks to address a glaring problem in Washington: Medical marijuana — legal since 1998 — is untaxed and unregulated and is undermining the tightly controlled recreational market that was created by the passage of I-502 in 2012.