If you drive down Trent in Spokane Valley, you might see a building with a sign in front that reads "Joe's 420 RX LLC." Most people can make out what kind of business Joe might be into by the name. If not, another sign on the front window, "Medical Cannabis Collective," gives it away.
"One day they're locking us up, the next day it's the best stuff in the world. Come to Washington! Have some!" Joe Heaton joked.
Owner Joe Heaton says it's a pharmacy, not a business.
"I got sick and I opened this up," he said.
You may remember on your last trip to the pharmacy, you didn't have to pay tax on pharmaceuticals. Heaton wants to keep it that way. But there's a growing concern in the medical marijuana community, that the state may start taxing their medicine.
"Sick people are going to be paying the price so that it'll be taxes made," Heaton said.
Under the rules of Initiative-502, the new pot retail market will be heavily taxed. 25 percent will have to be paid by producers, processors, and retailers.
Some lawmakers tried to put a 20 percent tax on medical marijuana earlier this year, but the idea was shot down. Joe Heaton thinks the issue will continue to surface.
"I hope that medical (marijuana) keeps going and I hope it keeps helping people, and that they can afford to have it help them," he said.
Heaton and other dispensary owners may have a better idea of how the medical marijuana market will exist with the recreational one when the Liquor Control Board unveils it's new pot rules. That could happen as early as next month.