There may be new life for Washington's controversial medical marijuana bill. Lawmakers are trying to squeeze the bill into the Special Session and it appears the governor, a skeptic of earlier versions, may be on board.
"We're in the situation we are in now and we're trying to make the best of it," said Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles.
Kohl-Welles has been fighting for medical pot legislation and has gotten some heat from the governor, who is worried that federal prosecutors could end up charging state workers for licensing pot dispensaries.
"The nation is watching, we have this conflict and it's coming to a head and we really would like to see the attorney general make a statement that he supports the law," said Representative Roger Goodman.
Attorney General Rob McKenna has since declined to get involved.
He has said he would vigorously defend any challenge from the feds.
The latest version of the medical pot bill would take the burden off of the state and leave it up to counties or cities in charge of overseeing dispensaries.
It would also create a patient registry, which many advocates have spoken out against, citing privacy issues.
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles says it may be the only way to get something passed through the Legislature and onto the governor's desk.
"We want to make sure patients are able to have the medicine and get the medicine that they legally are authorized to use," said Kohl-Welles.
The first hearing on the bill is Tuesday morning, but some Republicans in the House are skeptical that any progress will be made since the budget is the most-pressing priority.
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