Viper’s Club Brings Attention to Secret Law Enforcement Meetings on MMJ

Press Release from the Vipers Club: “Viper’s Club Brings Attention to Secret Law Enforcement Meetings on MMJ

To all concerned,

We are hearing from sources in Olympia that the WSLCB will be participating in daytime meetings with medical cannabis stakeholders for seven meetings during the month of November, including non-profits and law enforcement, in addition to the ones scheduled in the evenings for the public.

This is more than a little disturbing to hear, especially considering the 17 violations of the Open Public Meetings Act committed by the board found by Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller as reported by the Associated Press and other major news media back in November of 2014.

The WSLCB has not shown good faith when it comes to the issue of public accountability and the patient community’s concerns have largely been ignored in the past.

It becomes even more alarming considering the aggressive nature of law enforcement against the medical community lately. Recent news coming from King County out of the White Center press conference our reporters covered shows an active role by the WSLCB, becoming more involved in medical cannabis than just age compliance checks, well before the July 2016 date when collectives are to be closed.

Since we represent the most highly affected stakeholders (chronically ill patients) of the medical cannabis rule-making, we wish to remind you of the agency’s duty to inform the public when and where they can attend those daytime meetings with law enforcement and nonprofits as required by law.

Kirk Ludden as sponsor and Executive Director of I-1372, while falling short of qualifying for the November 2015 ballot, represents the 27,707 people who signed the initiative.

We trust the WSLCB will be open, transparent and inclusive of the public in all matters going forward in this process and hope this reminder serves to underscore how much this issue will be watched by our group and others. Providing transparency with all public records and the agency rule making file is vital to serving the people’s best interests. We trust the LCB will include a public scheduling of all board meetings with the list of all daytime and evening events listed together well in advance so the public is well represented.


Executive Directors:
Kirk L
Brian S
Gina G
John N

Marc R
Arthur W
Chris B (Registered Volunteer Lobbyist)
Stephanie V (Registered Volunteer Lobbyist)
Hugh N

CC: Washington State Representatives
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4 responses to “Viper’s Club Brings Attention to Secret Law Enforcement Meetings on MMJ

  1. Is the lccb composed of doctors? No? Then, why is medical marijuana under their control? Is pot legal? Apparently not “medical”. No restrictions other than age to buy “recreational” pot, but we patients gotta get a doctor’s recommendation, take it to a pot vendor (also not a medical person) who will issue a CARD Based on the doctor’s recommendation and send the information along to some board of non-doctors to hold until the police ask for it-No subpoena, No notice. If we don’t want to be on the register, we lose legal protections that card carrying patients get AND recreational users get. What a bunch of BS our state legislature has buried us in.

  2. Thanx for publishing the letter, although you left out that I’m a registered volunteer lobbyists as well.

  3. Iv grown confused reading some things on here. Do the new regulations kick in in july 2016 in regards to lowered plant limits and such? Do all patient with their allowed 15 plants have to cut down 9 plants to be legal or can they keep all 15 until next july?
    Are all the medical presciption mills still able to operate? Are any medical marijuana patients that get a presctoday required to register with the feds or does that wait until july?

  4. Pingback: DOH: Patient Database – Public Rulemaking Meetings Announced | Save WA MMJ

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