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People Under 21 Can No Longer Participate In Medical Marijuana Collective Gardens In Washington

washington medical marijuana sb 5052Washington Senate Bill 5052 was signed into law last month. The bill made sweeping changes to Washington’s medical marijuana program. A lot of patients will be forced back to the black market, or worse, will have to go without medicine altogether. Of course, they could to to recreational marijuana stores, which I think is what Washington politicians want, but the price of recreational marijuana is so expensive in Washington that it’s simply too costly for most patients.

There is a provision of Washington Senate Bill 5052 that I think a lot of people overlooked, and it will likely lead to some issues. Per The Joint Blog:

Section 32 of SB 5052 clearly states that no one under 21 may participate in a collective garden, regardless of whether or not they’re a qualified patient. A designated provider is authorized to purchase cannabis for those under 21, but the patient is not allowed to enter the facility themselves.

Section 33 of SB 5052 allows the state’s Liquor Control Board to do controlled purchases (sting operations) at collective gardens to see if they are allowing those under 21 to participate. This section makes it a misdemeanor for those under 21 who do participate in a collective garden.

The full text of Senate Bill 5052 can be found by clicking here (line-item vetoes made by the governor can be found here).

If someone is a patient, and has a valid medical marijuana patient designation, they should be allowed to purchase medicine. A patient can be under 21 and possess, consume, and even cultivate medical marijuana, but they can’t enter a collective to purchase the medical marijuana themselves. That seems ridiculous. But then again, that’s the case with most (if not all) of Washington Senate Bill 5052.

  • Winford E. Morris

    I am sure there needs to be a way for medical marijuana delivery since recreational marijuana is not everybody’s cup of tea. Medicinal marijuana is being targeted just because it is being abused by a few people. Patients who need it badly along with their families are the worst affected due to this bill.

  • MelG

    I’m having anxiety attacks over this. Some dispensaries are saying go black market. I have MS. I talked to the state yesterday about the mess they’ve made. She says you know the recreational is pretty good have you tried it. No.. Have you tried Medical.

    Sorry but going to a state store crippled up in a wheelchair next to Joe Blow who wants to get high is bull. It’s degrading and humiliating. They’re concerned about fungus in the weed from dispensaries. Oh please. It’s all about money.

    I’d bet my bottom dollar connections between patients/dispensaries will continue long after they close. It’s going to back fire in WA. Not to mention the nation is watching and this WA nonsense could hinder mm in other states.

    Btw, there are services that deliver but the State will stop that as well.

    I feel so defeated. If it wasn’t for mm, none of you would have your recreational pot.

    There will be an initiative in November. Have compassion for the terminally ill, vote to keep them open.

  • RJ

    We just got word of this yesterday.Now if i am understanding this correctly..Your telling me that anyone between 18 & 21 Can no longer enter a collective garden.And then you have to be 21 to enter the rec store?So then we are forcing this age bracket to the black market? Way to go Washington State!Seems completely backwards..Anyone else feeling this way?.lol

  • RJ

    We just got word of this yesterday.Now if i am understanding this correctly..Your telling me that anyone between 18 & 21 Can no longer enter a collective garden.And then you have to be 21 to enter the rec store?So then we are forcing this age bracket to the black market? Way to go Washington State!Seems completely backwards..Anyone else feeling this way?.lol