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Marijuana in a Seattle pot store. (Credit: Katherine Lobosco/CNNMoney()

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Legislature has passed a measure that that makes several changes to the state’s new recreational marijuana law, ranging from changing the market’s tax structure to zoning rules.

House Bill 2136 passed the Senate on a bipartisan 36-7 vote Saturday and now heads to the governor’s desk.

The House passed the measure Friday on a 59-38 vote. One of the main changes to the current system would be the elimination of the three-tier tax structure that would be replaced with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.

The excise tax is one that everyone would have to pay, both medical marijuana patients and recreational users.

However, under the bill, patients who are in a registry created under another bill passed by the Legislature earlier this year would be exempt from sales tax on their purchases.

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  • Louis Hightower

    One big ” Screw you” to the MedMJ community from the legislators,the main effect of which will be a larger black/free market.

    • Russ Belville (@RadicalRuss)

      Gee, I sure wish I could get screwed to the tune of not having to pay a 37 percent tax because I’m sick. (Oh, dear, patients will have to register for the tax break… just like patients in every other medical marijuana state except California… what a burden!)

      • Nick

        Oh it’s Russ Belleville the person who supported 502. You really think this is a good system it’s a joke considering medical patients are not allowed a high enough plant count and are being forced into these stores by corrupt legislation drafted by our legal cannabis lobbyists who just pushed on the taxes to the consumer so they can take more profit and they destroyed medical. They must pay you or you own stock in some 502 operation. Why don’t you support real legalization

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