A medical marijuana plant is shown at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
By: Mike Vasilinda
October 21, 2013
State economists spent several hours Monday morning asking “what if” the proposed amendment to legalize medical marijuana is approved by voters.
Estimates of how many people might use the substance if prescribed, varies widely. Economist Amy Baker says it will likely be less than half a million, but also says there are some unknowns. “I think you’re looking at, under normal conditions, that 175 to 425, 450,000 that we were talking about as being a good range. Now what we’ve asked is for additional information related to medical tourism... You know, would that do something unusual” says Baker.
The economists also voiced some concerns about language in the amendment that appears to require a medical facility dispensing medical pot to also be the sole source of growing it. The amendment is expected to be on the 2014 Ballot.