Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles' bill to legalize and license dispensaries in the state that sell marijuana to patients will not move forward.
Kohl-Welles, who has been working on scaling back the bill to garner approval from Gov. Chris Gregoire, wrote on her website when she realized the bill would not get passed that it was the "greatest disappointment of my legislative career."
The bill had bipartisan support and had been modified by the governor since it first hit her desk.
"Regretfully, I have decided not to pursue further attempts to strengthen our state's voter-approved medical marijuana law," Kohl-Welles wrote in a statement on her website.
"My efforts to make improvements to existing law were motivated by the need to provide qualifying pateints with protection from arrest and prosecution and access to a safe, secure and reliable source of the medicine they are legally entitled to use and that has been recommended to them by their licensed health care provider."
Without any action in Olympia, communities across the state are wondering what to do.King County prosecutors say they'll begin working to close down dispencaries in areas of the county outside Seattle.
The city of Tacoma already issued cease and desist orders last October to several medical marijuana dispencaries.
After protests from patients and providers, the city agreed to hold off on a decision until the legislature came up with a set of rules and regulations. Now, supporters of medicinal pot are worried the city will begin cracking down on dispencaries.
"I've probably got a month and a half left to do business," said Michael Allison, owner of Left Coast Cannabis. "The patients are going to hurt, the patients are going to suffer."
The city council will hold a hearing on the issue in July. Mayor Marilyn Strickland said there's no guarentee all of Tacomoa's dispencaries will be shut down, but she beleives the city needs to figure out how to regulate a system that 10,000 of it's citizens use.
"What we don't want to do is send people underground," said Strickland. "We don't want to make them lurk around in the shadows to get what they have a legitimate need for."