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Asked how many patients he has right now, Downing responds, “over 350.” Asked about regulations that say he’s supposed to serve only one patient, he says, “The regulation violates the statute. The statute allows for caregiving. The regulation does not.”

The state Department of Public Health issued regulations governing medical marijuana four months after the law passed by voters went into effect last year.

While Downing admits he’s violating the DPH rule saying each caregiver can provide marijuana to only one patient, he says the department is fully aware of what’s going on.  Read more