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Proposal In Washington To Shut Down Dispensaries, Legalize Cultivation

washington state marijuana regulationsThere has been an attack on the medical marijuana industry in Washington for quite some time now. Some blame I-502, some blame a lack of regulations, and some even blame members of the medical marijuana industry in Washington. Regardless of what you feel is the reason behind the attacks, I think we can all agree that they are occurring, which is bad for patients. There is proposal in Washington that would legalize cultivation for those over the age of 21 (good!), but at the same time would close all medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington (very bad!). Per The Joint Blog:

According to a press release sent Tuesday by Senator Kohl-Welles, the proposal would “phase out collective gardens and unregulated dispensaries”, while directing the Liquor Control Board to increase the number of licensees under the recreational cannabis system. Qualified patients would be given the opportunity to apply for a waiver to receive cannabis tax-free, and the measure would establish a “medical marijuana endorsement to the marijuana retailer license to allow retailers to hold themselves out as knowledgeable in the medical use of marijuana.”

In addition, the proposal would legalize the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants for everyone 21 and older. This move would simultaneously decrease the amount of plants a patient can cultivate from fifteen to six.

“The main intent of my bill is to simplify and unify the two systems so that complex gray areas and dangerous illicit markets will eventually cease to exist”, says Senator Kohl-Welles.

I have long wanted to see Washington’s legalization law amended to allow home cultivation. However, I don’t want it to come at the expense of medical marijuana dispensaries. Yes, this bill is being proposed in a way that will ‘unify the two systems’ but I’d expect a lot of current dispensary owners to be on the outside looking in once licenses are issued. I support keeping the two systems separate, and getting clear, fair regulations in place for dispensaries. The two systems serve two different client bases, so it’s logical to keep them separate. Hopefully we see a revamped proposal that legalizes cultivation and legitimizes the medical marijuana industry in Washington in a fair way.

  • Sinclair

    I’m betting than some medical users just go to stores like everyone else. In part it could be because no one likes big brother looking over your shoulders. What would be nice us for the state and store owners to stop robbing people. But that won’t happen until the feds change there ways. I understand that there I s a certain amount of risk in owning a store like this. But until Marijuana is legalized on a Federal level people will suffer.

  • Johnny oneye

    The right to grow your own meds
    Is lifesaving for thousands of medical users
    If someone uses cannabis and feels better , sounds medical to me!
    Letting the “people who voted NO”
    Control the distribution of cannabis
    Will result in nothing but
    Block cheese
    COLORADO has the right approach
    CAL and Canada are both
    Peddling backwards

    • CalicoRock

      Colorado has it right my ass. Colorado’s medical patients are disappearing fast. And that’s not because they’re growing more of their own, according to recent data, they’ve just given up, or moved. The Native tribes will be the final arbiter’s. Washington has a great deal of Indian lands

  • Silly Rabbit

    Make it legal to grow for everyone over X Age and allow X Amount and if you have more face a tax and fine and possible income tax invasion if your dealing and not reporting your sales!

  • Miggy Miggs

    The seed to plant regulation does not have the consumer in mind, only pocket books. Lab regulation is plant regulation.

  • No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

    • CalicoRock

      Honestly, while I sit watching Washington’s medical dispensary system be unraveled before my very eyes, I’m tired of hearing about f’n tomatoes.

    • Tim Bowles

      Why don’t you face reality.It has to be regulated. Medcal stores are in direct competition with 502 stores . That will just not work. This is a great bill. I hop they pass the homegrow part at least

  • Acidsex

    Awesome news! Finally all citizens will be treated equally and allowed to cultivate their own cannabis. Not fair that only MMJ patients were allowed to. Glad to see this being addressed!

    • CalicoRock

      Why would making the lives of the very sick only harder, please you? Why do you care so much about how, where or why a sick person obtains medicine. If you aren’t sick what difference does it make to you personally other than being a fucking dick.

    • CalicoRock

      Only a Dick would be glad.

    • Tim Bowles

      I agree. Herb is medicine for all people so give us equal access Once herb is legal medical is not neccessary.

  • Noelle

    Here is what I don’t understand. If MJ is only legal if you grow your own, how is an old lady with cancer who knows nothing about gardening supposed to get out there and plant, cultivate, do whatever you have to do to turn it into something bakeable, smokeable, or otherwise ingestible? I will go to the store, I will buy from a dealer but here in Fresno CA, there is only one co-op that hasn’t been shut down and it is illegal to transport it I think, I mean if I get pulled over even with my weed card, the cop may or may not honor it. It’s a private matter, I don’t want the neighbors complaining or the gardeners “helping themselves”. It is an impractical solution that will not help the sick people since they can’t do it. It is a way around the law for stoners and people who want to make money. Why legalize it if you are only going to make it attainable to those who want it but don’t really need it? Sick people shouldn’t be required to make their own medicine and it was supposed to create tax revenue and jobs. Instead we are going to give all the revenue to the tribes like we did with the casinos which is great but I don’t see how it is helping the American economy. I will have it delivered but I can barely make it to the store.

    • been there

      Wish I could upvote your comment a thousand times! It is indeed a pretty daunting task for folks that are incapacitated.
      Thanks for your post.

  • Tim Bowles

    Medical does not serve a different market johnny. Stop the b.s. They are all cannabis consumers.aI’m sick of med-rec division.We do’nt separate stores. This is a great bill. Im a medifal grower & would love to not need the damn paper.I could grow enough on 6 plants to last a couple of years.

    • CalicoRock

      A cannabis profiteer claiming to know what the Washington medical marijuana community needs/ doesn’t need. There’s no conflict of interest here is there ? Unbelievable!

    • J Crenshaw

      Light smoker eh? :P

  • Aaron

    Tim Bowles ur a bitch!