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December 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Conversation starter: Reader responses on the state of the medical, recreational marijuana markets

(Photo by Steve Ringman / Seattle Times)

Editor’s note: The Times asked readers of last Sunday’s editorial on medical marijuana: “How is marijuana legalization going so far?” and “What would you change?”

How’s it going so far?

The medical system has been treated poorly in legalizing recreational marijuana. Marijuana is an effective medicine for many conditions.

There seems to be a rush to eliminate the medical system entirely. This would be a disservice to the many people who depend on marijuana to treat debilitating conditions.

Paul Lyons, Seattle

It’s doing well. Yes, the medical aspect has to be changed. Make them pay taxes and regulate them just like retail. Too many people hide behind a medical card.

Wena Coffman, Goldendale

Dispensaries always check my ID and medical card, so I don’t think they are letting underage or people without authorization buy.

Ronald Felthoven, Marysville

When Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed large portions of medical-marijuana reform, she harmed the industry and our state, putting us in the medical-marijuana quandary we are in now.

Had our medical pot been regulated, it would have been simple to follow the Colorado model of allowing medical stores to be the first recreational stores.

Sharon Whitson, Kirkland

The state Liquor Control Board has made some harsh and strict rules for recreational growers, while medical growers have none at all. Somehow the playing field has to be leveled between growers, or the board can have my grow license back.

Mary Gress, Vashon

The medical-marijuana suppliers have created a bigger market, and the products cost about one-quarter the cost for only a limited number of strains available from the recreational growers.

Steve Kuehn, Olympia

What would you change?

Get rid of the medical-only dispensaries and allow medical card holders to buy tax-free at recreational dispensaries.

Dan Bontio, Boise, Idaho

I would keep recreational and medical marijuana separate. I would keep the state out of the medical business.

April Lahaie, Olympia

Lower taxes so it is competitive with street prices and drive out the illegal trade.

Drew Davies, Allyn

Fire Liquor Control Board leadership and replace them with a committee composed of stakeholders and legislators, with an emphasis on streamlining and expediting the logjam of marijuana license applicants.

Greg Hubly, Woodinville

There needs to be stiff penalties for selling to minors. And police enforcement of people smoking in public areas should be applied the same way as it would for alcohol.

Margaret Kramer, Seattle

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