›› Washington: Alcohol-Related Laws
Mandatory minimum sentence: When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.
This state has medical marijuana laws enacted.
Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of
a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity,
glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant
and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect
the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective.
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