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 February 13, 2015

Sensible Washington i502By Sensible Washington

On Wednesday, Representatives Luis Moscoso (D-Mountlake Terrace), Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo) and Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Wall) introduced House Bill 2058, a proposal to provide defined arrest protection for medical cannabis patients and to establish a licensing and regulation system for dispensaries.

House Bill 2058 is an excellent approach to clarifying, strengthening and legitimizing Washington’s medical cannabis law. We strongly supports this thoughtful, reasonable proposal.

Thankfully, House Bill 2058 stands in stark contrast to Senate Bill 5052, which has been passed by two committees in the Senate. Senate Bill 5052 would shut down all dispensaries in our state, establish a mandatory patient registry and reduce the amount of cannabis a patient can possess and cultivate. Whereas Senate Bill 5052 is unwanted and regressive, House Bill 2058 is a positive and compassionate step forward.

House Bill 2058 would provide defined arrest protection for patients, a far overdue change that will bring ease to the minds of those suffering from serious, debilitating conditions. It can’t be stressed enough how important it is for arrest protection to be established, given that patients can still be prosecuted under the state’s affirmative defense law. It’s also vital that we establish a system that allows currently operating dispensaries to become licensed with the state, so that patients can have uninterrupted safe access to their medicine.

We will be encouraging our thousands of supporters to lobby lawmakers to pass House Bill 2058. The full text of the measure can be found here.

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  13 Responses to “Support Washington Bill To Strengthen Patients’ Rights, Allow Dispensaries To Become Licensed”

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    This bill is going nowhere. It won’t get a hearing.

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      This might be true, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try!

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        OK….I know most people don’t know how our legislature works, but this bill would have to go through the “Commerce & Gaming Committee” and it’s up to the Chairman of the Committee to decide if it will get a hearing. And he decided it won’t, so there’s NOTHING that you can “try” to get this bill passed.

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          Yes there is… we can encourage the Chair to put it to a vote. Sounds like SOMETHING to me.

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            OMG…..Some people will argue anything. Rep. Chris Hurst is an ex-drug cop who wants medical DEAD. But I won’t be the person to discourage you. Here’s his email address: christopher.hurst@leg.wa.gov

            Know yourself out. I know him and see him every day, so I know better than to bother.

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            This is depressing as hell but not surprising as these politicians have went out of their way to destroy medical law & patients in WA

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          Does WA have a recall process for state legislators? Failing that, congressional allies of med MJ can remind him that they will reciprocate in kind when bills he favors come before them.

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    Best Of Luck, Bill 2058! :-)

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    I sure hope that they pass this new bill As I am disabled and medical marijuana helps the pain in my back and legs I’ve already had 5 operations on my back last year they said map local marijuana patients can grow up to 15 plants now this year they said you could only bro 6 plantsmedical marijuana helps the pain in my back and legs I’ve already had 5 operations on my back last year they said map local marijuana patients can grow up to 15 plants now this year they said you could only grow 6 plants but that is enough for me to get through the year

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    Senator Ann Rivers’ bill, Senate bill 5052, just passed the Senate this morning, 36-11. It will kill medical in the State of Washington. The only choice for the patients now is to KILL this bill in the House….and that’s what we intend to do. This is our only option.

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    You have two Representatives. If you post who they are, I can probably tell you if they support us, or not. If you don’t know who they are, go here:
    http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

    Make an appointment with them as soon as possible and go meet with them. You can also email and call them. Tell them you’re a constituent, that you voted for them, and if they want your vote in 2016, you suggest they NOT support SB 5052. If there aren’t enough votes to get it passed, they won’t even vote on the bill….and it will die….and medical will live for another year.

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    Another voter initiative will be required. And voting out the Senators. who went on record to support Senate bill 5052.

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