Medical Marijuana Consultant Classes Now Available in Washington
With the July 1 implementation of Washington’s controversial Cannabis Patient Protection Act looming, Washington officials, entrepreneurs and educators are working to ensure there will be an infrastructure in place to provide medical marijuana patients the medicine they need.
The Cannabis Patient Protection Act (SB 5052), which was designed to fold the state’s less-regulated medical marijuana market into the state-licensed recreational cannabis system, bans medical dispensaries from operating past July 1, 2016 unless they have been issued a retailer license under the state’s recreational regulations. One of the often overlooked aspects of Washington’s I-502 legalization law, however, says that budtenders in recreational stores cannot discuss with consumers any of marijuana’s potential medical benefits.
Because medical marijuana patients will soon be sourcing medicine from recreational retailers as their only legal option, regulators have begun approving educators for offering courses on medical marijuana consulting. These classes, according to the state, will qualify individuals to discuss the medical benefits and/or drawbacks of cannabis with patients. Without at least one employee who is certified as a medical marijuana consultant, cannabis retailers will not be allowed to register for offering medical cannabis.
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