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Petition to Governor Inslee: Extend the July 1st Deadline for Medical Cannabis in WA State

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Sign the petition today: Extend the July 1st Deadline for Medical Cannabis in WA State

To the Honorable Governor of Washington State,

Washington State passed ill advised legislation on cannabis for medical patients in the 2015 legislative session, SB 5052. No fix was passed for the 2016 session. As of July 1, 2016, patients will be left with no legitimate access to the quantities, types and quality control we have had since the passage of our medical laws back in 1998.

15 plants and 24 ounces will be reduced to an arbitrarily derived number of 4 plants, 6 ounces per patient, with no more than a total of 15 plants per household, regardless of the number of patients living there. That is a huge reduction, especially for patients that juice raw cannabis or use concentrates.

Collective gardens of up to 10 patients sharing resource will be criminalized. Storefronts that existed under the medical laws are being forced to get 1-502 licenses or shut down, no longer able to bring the selected strains patients have come to rely on over the years.

There is no way for patients to legally access seeds or clones making 5052 unconstitutional and a patient unable to comply with the current law making 5052 unenforceable. The reason why is simple: forcing people to buy their cannabis from I-502 businesses that charge a 37.5% sin tax.

Patients who require larger amounts will be forced to register. In February 2016, the Department of Health stated that there will not be medical grade cannabis products in their shops to meet the deadline. No serious quality control testing had been implemented for pesticides, nor have any of the proposed pesticides been tested for when smoked, vaporized or used in extracts. And the needs of patients who are not able to tolerate even trace amounts of chemicals and pesticides will not be met.

There are no clear HIPPA controls in place on the state registry, with a large list of business and government agencies that have access to it.

THE STATE IS NOT READY OR ABLE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF PATIENTS!

Do the leaders of this state really want to cause more suffering to the disabled, our veterans, our children and their families? With just these issues alone, not to mention the ongoing legal problems with the WSLCB in the courts, we the people of Washington State, on behalf of the patients, do petition you, Governor Jay Inslee, to take measures into your own hands and protect the life, health, safety and well being of your fellow citizens by extending the July 1, 2016 Medical Cannabis deadline for one year, by any and all means at your disposal, including: Signing an Executive Order OR Calling an Emergency Special Session for the Legislators to act. The most vulnerable in our state need access the the forms, amounts and varieties. Their lives depend on it. Especially those who require the larger amounts and will never be able to afford current I-502 prices, especially after the increased costs associated with the medical grade products.

Please consider the State’s liability if patients don’t have access or get sick from contaminated products by not being prepared.

Sincerely, The Patients, their Supporters and Registered Voters of Washington State

Sign the petition today: Extend the July 1st Deadline for Medical Cannabis in WA State

DOH: Patient Database – Public Rulemaking Meetings Announced

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Public Notification and Meeting Announcement – Medical Marijuana Authorization Database – Proposed Rulemaking: The Department of Health filed a CR-101 with the Office of the Code Reviser on August 14, 2015, to notify the public of their intent to begin rulemaking on chapter 246-71 WAC: Medical Marijuana Authorization Database. These rules will establish the requirements for a Medical Marijuana Authorization Database.

IF YOU OPPOSE THE NEW PATIENT DATABASE, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO PUBLICLY GO ON THE RECORD AND STATE WHY. The Department has scheduled four proposed rules meetings at various locations throughout Washington State.

The purpose of the proposed rules meetings will be to:
-Discuss the proposed content of chapter 246-71 WAC;
-Explain the state’s rule-making process and timeline;
-Invite stakeholders, members of the general public, and other interested parties to participate in the rule making process and to provide comment.

 
Meeting Dates, Time and Location Information:

September 2, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Black River Conference Center
800 Oakesdale Avenue
Renton, WA 98507

September 3, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Educational Service District 112
2500 N.E. 65th
Vancouver, WA 98661

September 15, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Hilton Garden Inn
401 E. Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA 98901

September 16, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spokane Library- Downtown Branch
906 W. Main Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201

 
More information is available at the DOH website.
 

About the new patient database, or “registry”: The patient database is a “voluntary” database that was established under the new legislation SB5052 (the latest legislation that is destroying medical marijuana in our state). In order to grow more than four plants, purchase more than one ounce, or possess more than six ounces patients are now required by SB5052 to “voluntarily” join the new database. Note that the new authorization form does provide a way for medical doctors to recommend that a patient be able to grow up to fifteen plants, however this recommendation is only valid if it is included on the new authorization form AND if the patient voluntarily joins the new patient database.

Joining the database will be also required to avoid paying state sales tax on medicinal marijuana (but, you are only exempted from the state sales tax – NOT the state recreational tax, patients still legally are required to pay this tax!)

Governer Inslee promises that

“privacy will be ensured at the highest possible level, and the database does not in any way violate HIPPA”

SURE … (sarcasm). SB5052 did create a new felony for improperly accessing the database – however who is to say what is appropriate or what isn’t appropriate access? The WSLCB – who has a series of secret meetings with law enforcement scheduled throughout this fall already? Only time will tell.

Qualifying patients who choose not to register will retain the right to present affirmative defense in court, under what remains of Initiative 692, passed by voters in 1998.