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The People For Medical Cannabis in Washington State
2018
by John Novak and tpfmc


The Washington State Legislature has just ended the 2018 legislative session.

Washington State cannabis patients and consumers are wondering, did they remember us this year?

The answer is a resounding no, nearly across the board.

Did we see an end to the unconstitutional and unsecured patient registry?  NO.

Did patients not in the registry get arrest protection?  NO. 

Did patients get their personal limits restored to amounts they lost in 2015?  NO.

Did sick kids that use cannabis get their right to go to school?  NO! (HB 1060)

What about homegrows for all adults?  NO. (HB 2559)

Cannabis lounges?  NO.

How about removing past cannabis crimes convictions on acts that are now legal?  NO.

There were a few bills that touched on some of these issues.  None made it through the process. (See the Bills here)

After the 2017 session, we were told by Democrats that it was the Republicans holding up the show.  They said if Democrats took back control of the Senate, then we would see these issues move forward.

Well, the Democrats took back control, but then actively prevented those bills from moving forward.  Even though they controlled the chairs of the key committees overseeing these bills, they killed them.

The party that claims to be standing up against President Trump and Attorney Jeff Sessions on other issues is turning it’s back on this issue. 

We are being told, once again, that the reason they must continue to treat us as criminals is because they are afraid of the feds.

Even though other states have already passed laws that address most of the above issues without any federal interference, this is the excuse we get.

It all comes down to money.  The state fears losing hundreds of millions in Federal grant money that has schedule one drug language.  Everything from education to transportation to law enforcement grants contains language that could be threatened by our state cannabis laws.

The easy answer is for Washington State to remove cannabis from our own state controlled substances act.  This would force a debate in D.C. that for some reason, our local politicians are refusing to take on.

Maybe next year, they say.

It appears obvious to us that next year will not come until patients and consumers can begin to make a difference in some of these local elections.  We need to send the message that they ignore us at their own peril.

But that will require the cannabis community come to together in ways we haven’t before.

There were two small, but significant victories this session.

The first was the major fiasco that happened with the public records act.  A bill flew both the House and Senate in record time that would have exempted legislators from the act itself after a judge ruled they were not exempt.  They did this by suspending rules and restricting debate.  It backfired with a massive public outcry that ended with the bill being vetoed by Governor Inslee.  For now, at least, we will be able to ask for their records and communications with lobbyists on these issues. (SB 6617)

The other significant legislation we watched was the bill that made it easier to prosecute police officers that use deadly force.  Washington State was alone in the country on language that made it next to impossible to charge officers with crimes for reckless and negligent shootings unless they acted with evil intent, or “malice”.   (HB 3003)

This is significant because we know the trend of patients and consumers homes being raided for cannabis is on the rise again, and being led by Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Enforcement with local cops. 

We expect to see an increase in this trend as long as Jeff Sessions remains Attorney General, and the more extremist jurisdictions in our state become emboldened by his words.

So we are back to asking patients and consumers, when will we come together, set aside our past differences and get these issues taken care of?  We are the only resource we have.  There is no person or group that will take care of this.  We all have to get our hands dirty.  We all have to get involved, get organized and support those who have had our backs from the start.  Social media posts alone will not do it any longer.

If not, then the people we complain about will continue to control the narrative, because they aren’t going away.  They thrive when we do nothing.

The People For Medical Cannabis has been tracking legislation dealing with cannabis for years and if you would like to see what transpired for yourself, simply click on the “Bills” link on the menu and take a look.  

Go here to see what bills were sent to the Governor:
https://www.governor.wa.gov/office-governor/official-actions/bill-action

For further reading please read the following article:
America Is Giving Away the $30 Billion Medical Marijuana Industry
Why? Because the feds are bogarting the weed, while Israel and Canada are grabbing market share.
By Josh Dean
AND
Nixon’s Drug War, An Excuse To Lock Up Blacks And Protesters, Continues

Go to the 2016-2017 section just below here to see what we were left with in 2017!
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2016- 2017

The Latest Information, Read, Watch and Hear the Real Stories!
Hear the Real Story from 420leaks.com 

What the Hell Happened to Medical Cannabis in Washington State!
by Gina Garcia, May 14, 2016

(One of the People for Medical Cannabis in Washington State)

So much has happened to Medical Cannabis in Washington State!

In 2012, Initiative 502 passed. We keep hearing that “The People have spoken with the vote in 2012 for Initiative 502. What they didn’t tell you is they lied to the people to get it passed.  The people were told 502 WOULD NOT affect medical cannabis, we were lied to!

In 2014, SB 5052, HB 2136,  HB 2280, HB 1276,  and HB 2700,  all passed and signed by the Governor. ALL great for Recreational, not so much for medical cannabis. The Governor also gave authority to make rules as they saw fit, to the Department of Health (DOH),  Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) and here is info on the transition from The LCB the Department of Revenue (DOR) to name a few.

The New Session Laws for example took us from 15 plants per patient in 2014 to 15 plants per domicile in 2015 as per the DOH. Then later on in 2015, the DOH and LCB both stated that 4 plants per patient would be what will be allowed by patients who don’t register and 6 oz. If you register you can have more up to 15 plants. But you must be entered in their registry that you must do at a recreational 502 store.

All of our quantities have been cut way back. Our plant counts cut way back. No regard to patients, their conditions or if they were using it to save their lives or not. Patients, the poor and the sick are now low priority in Washington State! They want to funnel us all into the Recreational stores to buy our cannabis. Most of the people Grew because they couldn’t afford to buy, making sick and poor go into a store to buy when they couldn’t do in the first place is only going to make people go to the black market.

This state also began placing bans and moratoriums in a state that so called “LEGALIZED IT” no allowing the people to buy from the so called stores that they so called voted for. People could not buy before, they still cannot buy now!

Here we are 2016, the new law coming into FULL Effect July 2016..are you ready? Have you killed your garden to be in compliance. Many have! They didn’t want to take chances however, many who didn’t want to take chances are also suffering from the lack of access to their medicines, Dispensaries and farmers markets are going away and patients are left with 4 plants and more only if they register. We were even told by some of our representatives not to register.

The only thing we have right now for medical cannabis patients is we have candidates lining up to run against these crooks who have messed with our medical cannabis laws in this state.  And to replace those who will do more harm to the people they are suppose to represent!

Another thing you can do is volunteer. Most patient run organizations are all volunteer based We do not get paid, we do this because it is important to us and we need the medicine back that was taken from us with the passing of 502 and 5052.

Here are some links that can explain more of what happened and what has happened since:

The People For Medical Cannabis in Washington State!
Keep an eye on this site for Bills that occur during session, upcoming candidates for the 2016 elections…and much more!
thepeopleformedicalcannabis.com

Read about the Bills that passed as Session Law:
2015/2016 Legislation

420 Leaks Exposing Modern Reefer Madness
Here you can read about the corruption and who and what was behind it.
420leaks.com

Department of Health:
     Medical Marijuana ( Yes they still call it that on their site)
     Rule Making

Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) 
     Marijuana 2017
     Rules

Department of Revenue:
     Various links 

Do not let medical die in Washington State. The sick and dying have already lost their access all in the name of “Legalization” in Washington State. How can it be legal when you aren’t even allowed to grow it. That is right, in Washington State unless you are a patient, which have already been taken down to bare minimum, you cannot grow! Unlike Colorado and Oregon, here in Washington State only patients are allowed to grow their measly little plant counts thanks to this greedy state! Educate yourself, Protect yourself because this state doesn’t care!