It may have been quiet inside Cured Collective medical marijuana shop Friday, but the owner Joseph Corcoran was celebrating a win. Corcoran says the bill to regulate medical marijuana (SB 5887) was "a disaster for patients."
The bill would have limited the amount of weed patients can possess, raise taxes, and finally provided oversight on this unregulated industry.
Corcoran even put a computer up in the shop for patients to email lawmakers and show opposition to the bill.
"We actually became part of the political system and it's kind of cool," Corcoran said.
Representative Kevin Parker says differences between legislators on how to split the future tax revenue killed the bill.
"There's a lot of ways in which people are proposing that money get spent, but Olympia also has a habit of spending money it doesn't yet have," Parker said.
The U.S. Department of Justice was likely watching a key part of the bill that deals with regulation. The DOJ sent a memo in August to Washington lawmakers that stated they would not intervene if the state followed eight guidelines. Regulating medical pot was also included in the memo.