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Medical Cannabis On The Verge Of Being Destroyed In Washington

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medical marijuana washingtonAction Is Needed In Washington State To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients’ Rights

By Anthony Martinelli, Sensible Washington

Washington State’s House of Representatives, in a borderline repulsive move, has given approval to House Bill 2149, a proposal to effectively gut the state’s current medical cannabis law. The measure was supported primarily by Democrats.

Under this proposal, all collective gardens would be outlawed, in place of a system where only those already registered with the state as recreational cannabis retail outlets can distribute medical cannabis (despite these outlets not being open yet); this would put medical cannabis under the same tax rate as recreational cannabis – 25% at three different levels – which would greatly increase prices.

House Bill 2149 would force all current and future medical cannabis patients to join a mandatory patient registry – putting their name and address on a list – in order to be provided with any legal protection; this is a clear invasion of privacy, and a safety risk given that medical cannabis remains federally outlawed.

The proposal would also – for no legitimate reason – reduce the amount of cannabis a patient can possess from 24 ounces to 3, and the amount of cannabis they can cultivate from 15 plants, to 3.

The measure now moves to the Senate, where its passage would send it to Governor Inslee for consideration.

If you live in Washington State, support medical cannabis, and don’t want a loss of protection for patients, please take a stand against House Bill 2149, and spread awareness about the need to stop its passage!

You can look up your district’s senators by clicking here; please urge them to oppose this unnecessary, unasked for and regressive proposal.

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  • Logic

    I wonder why they don’t let nature take its course on amount of dispensaries and future coffeeshops for recreational use. They don’t put up a limit on stores allowed to sell tobacco or alcohol, every store carries those, without being told that there are to many. Should not we decide what is too many simply by not being their customer? Not enough customers, not enough revenues to justify being in business any further. Or is that to simple!

  • Uncle Arthur

    Decriminalization means that I have no recourse to a legal and safe marijuana market. Decriminalization means that I have to know somebody that knows somebody that has weed. Decriminalization means that I still can get fined and harassed. I admit that Washington’s legal model has flaws and desperately needs improvement, and that the medical marijuana regime needs protection. But decriminalization is no answer, it’s just a kinder and gentler form of prohibition.

  • reefer

    so my taxes that i pay when i purchase my medicine should be used to fuel a helicopter so they can enforce their “no grow” law? fuck you and the job your parents did on your moral compass.

  • THEE 420

    HATE TO SAY IT ……..BUT THIS WILL HELP WASHINGTON STATE GENERATE THE MUCH NEEDED WEED TAX. WITHOUT LAWS FOR PERSONAL CULTIVATION …..WASHINGTON STATE NEEDS WEED TO BE HIGH TAXED …….AND NOBODY TO COMPETE WITH LIKE MEDICAL PROVIDERS. IF THE STATE DOESNT START GENERATING MILLIONS IN TAX REVENUE FAST….THEN VOTERS MIGHT CHANGE MIND AND MAKE IT ILLEGAL AGAIN . WHICH IS WORSE HIGH TAXED LEGAL WEED ……OR LOWER COST ILLEGAL WEED WITHOUT NO STATE PROTECTION .

  • Natosha Monego

    WA State Legislative Hotline, 800-562-6000, http://www.leg.wa.gov/LIC/Pages/hotline.aspx

  • painkills2

    It’s time for a Krispy Kreme break! And, they’re coffee-flavored too!

  • painkills2

    Let me translate:

    The government is owned by the drug cartels (including big pharma, I assume), so no matter what laws and regulations are put in place, it’s really all about the price.

    In other words, it’s all about money.

    Now, can we discuss why you chose the name RATDOG? Do you have a problem with rats, or is your dog as small as a rat? Or, even more sinister, do you “rat” people out?

  • painkills2

    Should we create Cannabis Contracts for politicians to sign? Then, post them on the internet, and see what happens next? Will politicians be able to back out of these kinds of public contracts?

    We could add a clause that punishes them if they do back out. Hmm… what would be a suitable punishment for a politician that goes back on his word?