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Please Donate to The Viper Pac

Well so it seems this session Patients got SQUAT! As usual. But one thing we can do is support the VIPER PAC. they have our backs .. please consider donating 4.20 or more … I donate to them as well. I find it a very worthy cause. The PAC has our back, its time we had theirs. We need them representing. So please donate to the VIPER PAC
 
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The Hemp Files update

The Hemp Files update
Recently, we at 420leaks filed requests to the Washington State Department of Agriculture over their Industrial Hemp Program rule making files, and just last week they gave us a bunch of redacted documents from the Attorney Generalas part of it. John Worthington’s copies: https://app.box.com/s/oj2dlcjfjm0di… My copies: https://app.box.com/s/q3vx429e9r83i…
Worthington complained back, saying you can’t redact public rule making files. Their public records officer hemmed and hawed over attorney/client priveledge.
So today (March 28, 2017), Worthington filed a lawsuit against WSDA and had their office served at 2:00 pm. Thirty-seven minutes later, they emailed us the files with no redactions.
Sent to Worthington:
https://app.box.com/s/phx9u89ocfxq9…
Sent to me:
https://app.box.com/s/1hum7xwek4ggs…
I guess they figured the corruption was not worth risking their careers over this time.
Why is this significant?
Well, for one, it shows us the Department of Agriculture and the Attorney General Staff is not as corrupt as what happened during the I502 rule making and the WSLCB. We have also seen no hidden hand of the Governor’s office this time, unlike what we saw around I502.
However, the process revealed that our group of researchers had it right when we believed the Attorney General’s Office was at least in part responsible for running the rule making in our state. Not so much the state agency heads.
They do this under the guise of the attorney/client privilege, so they can redact it all from public view. We say the AG’s office is partly responsible because we now have two different people from their office with two very different results: one still intent on burning up taxpayer funds to keep their secrets, and one who did the right thing when confronted with the evidence.
What appears to be certain is eliminating the files from the public rule making file is not legal. It completely violates what the spirit of the Public Records Acts stands for; that the people are sovereign and government does not get to decide what is good for us.
RCW 42.56.030 Construction. “The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created. This chapter shall be liberally construed and its exemptions narrowly construed to promote this public policy and to assure that the public interest will be fully protected. In the event of conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other act, the provisions of this chapter shall govern.”
This was why the state settled over a case to make one public records requester go away, back at the end of 2014, that made headlines for the amount of the payout: $192,000 by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. They stand to lose even more with the case filed against them by John Worthington over these same files.
But not this time. Bravo to the WSDA and AG’s office. We at 420leaks give them a gold star…on this one. For now.
Having said that, the agency gets a major reduction in gold stars for lack of privacy protections. Their Industrial Hemp program director, Emily Febles, apparantly allowed a breach on a large database of their own employees, potentially exposing their social security numbers, including her own information. This story was learned about in one of our recent requests that came back around the same time as the rule making files. We are about to ask them this question: Did you follow proper protocols and notify all the employees affected within the time required by law? See the email at https://app.box.com/s/kft0eplpkz0m4…
Which leads us to the next question. Why are two well known activists in Washington State bitterly fighting to the point of threatening lawsuits against each other, all around a bill that would take industrial hemp out of the state Controlled Substances Act? This has led to great confusion in the cannabis community and is a question that led us to asking for communications to the WSDA, one of which revealed the privacy breach. We hope to find answers and more as we go through these files, with more coming, from the WSDA and the WSLCB.
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Top 6 Marijuana Bills to Follow…

Top 6 Marijuana Bills to Follow

Lawmakers have been busy introducing a variety of marijuana bills since the election. While there is no guarantee that any of these bills will actually become laws, a perusal of the bills introduced offers useful insight into how the decisions made regarding cannabis might affect our lives more immediately than the slow churn of Washington, D.C.

In the current political climate, it is more important than ever to spend some time getting familiar with these bills. Please click on the links below to get more information about each proposed bill. We strongly encourage you to get in touch with your elected representatives to express your views and opinions.

Here are the six (6) cannabis-related bills that are worth following closely:
Read the rest of the Story here at medicaljane.com
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2017 Legislative Session begins January 9th

2017 Legislative Session begins January 9th are you ready?

I wonder if in this session anything will be done to help the medical cannabis patient. The Law from 1998 is no longer what it was. So much has happened to patients who require more than the amount allowed recreational users.  Read the home page here to find out what happened and the laws that were passed. 

In years past patients were called fakers, the illicit market and the people who would return to the black market. But in reality, patients with serious illnesses have relied on medical cannabis to save their lives when western medicine could not help, when their doctors sent them home to make arrangements, or to those small children who suffer with diseases only helped by cannabis. Those are the ones affected by what has happened in Washington state. This state forced patients to find the only thing that worked for them, anyway they could. For patients it isn’t about getting high or recreating, it is about having a better quality of life when their doctors have given up on them, it is about being able to walk to do housework or get through a day of work without pain, it is about a child not having seizures for as many days possible. 

Lets hope that this year Washington state finds compassion in it’s heart because so many people have suffered and are suffering because of the greed that this state allowed to happen by listening to paid, corporate, big pharma lobbyists. Patients do not have time to wait. 

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Growing Medical Cannabis 101 – A Benefit

The essential elements of providing your own medical medical marijuana, including:

* Food Feeding cycles. Macro and micro-nutrients

* Lighting PAR , cycles, using power efficiently

* Growing mediums. Soil, non-soil, hydroponics

* Air: controlling temperature, humidity, CO2, ventilation

*Efficiency: selecting the correct equipment, what gauges and
measuring tools to own, continuous quality improvement

* Controlling pests safely.

* Harvesting; The basics of flushing, drying and curing.

* Cost: $20 Class time approximately 90 to 105 minutes.

* Max class size 12 people.

The event page can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1173075846106174/

Contact: 206 618 0576. ajkingsbury@hotmail.com

What will be done with he money?

$15 of every $20.00 received will go to John Worthington’s case. The explanation of the case is here:
https://www.gofundme.com/27zwpsk

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Ten reasons the policies made by Kristi Weeks as DOH policy counsel for medical cannabis are bad for patients and their health

by Denise Harrington, July 5, 2016
(Patient, and One of the People for Medical Cannabis in Washington State)

  1. Patients are no longer able to find the medicines that work for them. Every patient is different and what works for one will not necessarily work for another.This is because different strains contain different amounts of different types of cannabinoids. There are currently 111 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Sometimes it takes months, or even years for a cannabis patient to find what works best for their particular illness or condition.
  2. Not all forms of medical cannabis that was available in the self-regulated medical market will even be available under the new system. Many cannabis patients use edibles or specific types of cannabis oil for treatment Just like different strains of cannabis have different effects so do different forms of cannabis. Some patients use Rick Simpson oil; others use full extract cannabis oil. Many patients make their own oil from the plants they grow themselves. This allows them to tailor their oils to what
    works best for them. Under the new policies patients in most cases will not be able to grow enough of their own cannabis for this process. The prices to purchase raw cannabis in the recreational market is too high for the majority of patients to even be able to purchase enough cannabis to make oil.
  3. Under the new medical cannabis laws patients can no longer grow together to save on costs unless they start a small communal garden, register it with the state, and it must be located at one patients’ residence. Patients must also contribute sweat labor to the growing of the plants. The requirements mean many patients cannot take advantage of belonging to such a garden. Those with physical ailments that limit their movement or those with intense pain, those who are wheelchair bound, those who are shut ins they cannot contribute physical labor so communal growing is out for these patients.
  4. Dosages patients need to effectively treat themselves are not available in the recreational cannabis market. The highest dosage available is 50Mg. Just like different strains and forms work differently for different patients, different patients need different dosages. For some patients 50Mg may work fine. However, for others they may need dosages of up to 500Mg. This means some patients would need to consume 10 maximum doses of cannabis edibles to get the same affect they would get with 1 dose before. The same goes with the strength of concentrates and even cannabis flower. The maximum under the new policies is woefully inadequate for some patient’s needs. Now you may ask where the DOH came up with the dosages. Well they originally wanted 10Mg max dosage, however patients repeatedly told them this was way too low so Ms. Weeks decided 50Mg was fine. She did not ask patients or even medical professionals she just plucked a number out of the air. Patients deserve better. Ms. Weeks is not qualified to decide patients dosages. That is a job for a doctor, nurse practitioner or other medical professional.
  5. The no share policy. Under the recreational market users are not allowed to share. Each person who wants to smoke/ingest cannabis must buy their own. This rule has been extended to the medical cannabis policy as well. This means even patients who reside together or even married couples have to purchase their medical needs separately from each other with each patient paying 37% tax to the state. The only reason for this rule is greed. Many cannabis patients are senior citizens or disabled people on a limited income. They should not have to pay double taxes for medicine being used in the same household.
  6. Children are now allowed in recreational cannabis stores! Yes, you read that right. Under the new medical cannabis policies patients of any age can be in the store to get their medication. Those under the age of 18 must have their designated provider (usually a parent or guardian) for them to enter the store. This means babies, toddlers, kids of all ages can now enter. Kids do not belong in cannabis stores ever! In the self-regulated medical cannabis market children under the age of 18 have not been allowed. They do not need to be there among the pipes, bongs and other paraphernalia associated with cannabis. Most child patients use oil. They do not even associate their medicine with recreational cannabis and they should not.
  7. Patient’s rights to privacy are obliterated under the new DOH policies. First there is the unneeded “voluntary” registry. Ms. Weeks said in DOH emails that were accessed by FOIA requests that if they needed to justify the registry they could just say “other states have them” Those other states however did not have legal recreational cannabis when the registries were created. The registries were needed to determine who could legally use cannabis in those states. Under the new DOH policies a patient’s medical condition must be shown on the form. This is no one’s business but the patient and their physician! Ms. Weeks said if asked they would just say that Americans for Safe Access recommends it. She also said the info was just too good to pass up. ASA does not represent all or even the majority of patients and should not be looked at in making policy decisions. Make no mistake the DOH does not consider registration to be voluntary at all. In many instances patients have been told by the DOH and by the recreational stores that patients must register. Patients who choose not to register get fewer plants allowed, less medicine they are able to buy and according to DOH no equal protection under the law. The DOH should not be able to require someone to volunteer for anything in order to have equal legal rights! Other state data bases have had data breaches making patients have concerns of identity theft. There are also concerns about the sheer number of agencies that can access patient’s information.
  8. Ms. Weeks has stated that she knows change is hard but patients will just have to adjust to the new market. Many patients however do not have the time to adjust as she calls it. Patients with Cancer, HIV, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, MS, Dravets, Zellweger syndrome, and many other diseases and disorders are often running out of time already. Others have made amazing progress using cannabis medicines. Some of those patients will die before they can “adjust” others such as children with various seizure disorders may lose all progress they have made before they “adjust” This is simply not acceptable.
  9. Simply not enough medical cannabis available. The truth is there is no incentive for cannabis growers to grow medical cannabis. There is also little to no reason for stores to stock it. Much of the cannabis that medical patients use is not attractive to the recreational market. It may have too low a THC content, or may not have effects that recreational users want or some they do not want. There are also many places in Washington that have laws against cannabis shops of any type. This leaves many patients without any access to the cannabis they use medically.
  10. The pesticide/chemical problem. There are many pesticides and other chemicals allowed in the manufacture and processing of recreational cannabis. There have also been instances of unlawful pesticides being used on cannabis destined for the recreational market. While those pesticides and other chemicals may not harm a healthy adult user, for those with compromised immune systems they can cause severe problems. In the self-regulated medical market many patients used grower’s markets where they could ask questions of the growers including what chemicals/pesticides were used. Most medical cannabis growers use non chemical pest control. Medical cannabis is also in a lot of cases grown in an extremely sterile environment. This is needed to make sure that nothing potentially harmful enters the grow space. In the new “medical” cannabis market patients do not know what chemicals or pesticides were used or under what conditions their medical cannabis was grown. For many patients this is crucial information.

Washington cannabis patients need safe, consistent and affordable access to the medicines they use. They need the person overseeing cannabis policy for the DOH to be knowledgeable about medical cannabis and one who has patients best interest in mind. Ms. Weeks is a legal person. Her function is to keep the DOH out of legal trouble and to defend them if they are sued. She has the DOH’s best interest in mind not the health and best interest of cannabis patients.

 

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Breakthrough in Federal medicinal cannabis laws

Lawyersweekly.com/au     –  16 February 2016…Dr Teresa Nicoletti.

The recent Bill to enable the domestic cultivation and production of medicinal cannabis will overcome state laws that have restricted access to the drug in the past, writes Dr Teresa Nicoletti.

In a ground-breaking session in the Federal Parliament, the Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, introduced the much-awaited Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 (Bill), which proposes to introduce a legislative framework enabling the cultivation of cannabis in Australia and facilitating access to medicinal cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

The introduction of the Bill follows the announcement by the Commonwealth government last October, which foreshadowed amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (Act) to enable the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes, and facilitate the manufacture of medicinal cannabis products for use in accordance with the provisions of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

In a heartfelt address to Parliament, Minister Ley said: “Deputy Speaker, many people have worked incredibly hard for this day. For the day that the National Parliament provides the missing piece in the patient’s journey when it comes to accessing safe, reliable, legal medicinal cannabis. It is a very proud day for many members and senators as I said who have worked hard. For those in the community who have advocated strongly, who have pushed, who have prodded, who have expressed their passion loudly and determinedly … and others who treat patients who are convinced of the efficacy and the relief that is provided by these products, they should be recognised here today.”

The Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill states that it has been introduced in response to theRegulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014, which was introduced into Parliament in November 2014 and referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee in February 2015, which tabled its report in August 2015. The amendments that the Bill will introduce will purportedly address the issues raised by the Senate Committee in its report.

The Bill, if passed, will ensure that Australia will comply with its obligations as a signatory to the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961, in relation to any cultivation of cannabis and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products in Australia.

In this regard, the Bill proposes to establish a licensing scheme for the cultivation of cannabis and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products. The key features of the scheme include:

  1. a mechanism to apply for and obtain a licence authorising the cultivation of cannabis for the purpose of manufacturing medicinal cannabis products;
  2. a mechanism to apply for and obtain a licence authorising research into cannabis plants to be used for medicinal purposes;
  3. a strict ‘fit and proper person’ test, which will be applied to any applicant for a licence and any relevant business associates of the applicant;
  4. in relation to a licence for the cultivation of cannabis for the purpose of manufacturing medicinal cannabis products, a requirement to demonstrate that supply arrangements exist with a licensed manufacturer;
  5. a permit system that will control the amount of cannabis that can be produced and which, other than in the case of research, will only be granted if a contract exists between the licence holder and a licensed manufacturer;
  6. strict licensing conditions to ensure that appropriate security and controls are in place; and
  7. substantial penalties for breaches of conditions and for undertaking unauthorised activities.

Based on the key features of the scheme and as is evident from the Explanatory Memorandum, the Bill contemplates a grower obtaining a licence as long as they are able to demonstrate the ability to supply a licensed manufacturer; and a manufacturer obtaining a licence as long as they are able to demonstrate a legitimate supply chain. The Explanatory Memorandum notes that in this way, the legislation will ensure that there is an appropriate supply chain, without the possibility of oversupply or excess production, which creates a risk of diversion.

The amendments to the Act are intended to complement existing pathways under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (TG Act), which provide for lawful access to cannabis for medicinal use. Under the TG Act, medicinal cannabis products that have not been approved by the TGA may be used in individual patients where a medical practitioner deems that it is in the best interests of their patients. However, importation of medicinal cannabis by this mechanism is subject to licence and permit approvals required under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956, and could also be subject to State and Territory requirements, which in some cases may be a barrier to access.

This issue will be to a large extent overcome by the new legislation, which will establish an Australian cultivation and production scheme that enables the domestic production of cannabis raw materials and the manufacture of high-quality, safe medicinal cannabis products that can be prescribed by medical practitioners under the existing provisions of the TG Act.

The introduction of the Bill is a major breakthrough for stakeholders who have been advocating strongly for the past two years to legalise the cultivation and production of cannabis for medicinal purposes. It is likely to garner enormous support from medical practitioners, patients, industry stakeholders, the wider community and both sides of government, which should facilitate its fast passage through both Houses of Parliament.
Lawyersweekly.com/au     –  16 February 2016…Dr Teresa Nicoletti.

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The Gentrification of Marijuana

The Gentrification of Marijuana

By On at 2:20 pm

By Miguel AKA Miggy420

We are here not because of the efforts of one person but those of many, not because of the work of one group but because of them all. Many forces join together when there is one true truth: Marijuana is not a crime, it’s a plant.

Many people believe they know what gentrification is, but let me put it in a nutshell for you: It’s the shaping and marketing of a thing that grew organically. Good neighborhoods don’t just happen; people slowly become comfortable with one another which creates that old neighborhood feel, which is slowly being chopped and diced by corporate and self-interest for financial gain — same as what’s happening to the marijuana market in Washington State. It becomes more apparent each day to me that Washington state marijuana is just another business, and it’s being gentrified.

As a marijuana conspiracy theorist, I would like to think that something  more nefarious is going on, but the truth in the matter, the reason why the market and the transitioning process has been such a clusterfuck, is because no one gives a genuine damn about the integrity of this plant, just the dollar. Some of those in charge and those that say they advocate for rights, are in it to be part of the groundbreaking regulation about to happen, but again, you’re making rules for something that is on the “danger” equivalent of apples, which can be used to make alcoholic cider.

Read the Rest of the Story Here.. With Steve Elliot in Toke Signals


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Concerning marijuana, useable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products in public – HB1360

HB1360 – Concerning marijuana, useable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products in public.
By Meagan Holt, January 18th, 2016

I am writing today about a bill, HB1360 whose status by resolution and introduced in present status on January 11th. It is in regard to the public consumption of cannabis and cannabis products. While I agree that smoking anything should not be allowed in any public place. I have to disagree with the section about cannabis products.

My daughter, a 3 year old cannabis patient with severe disabilities, suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Zellweger Syndrome. This disease has caused her to become completely dependent on a feeding tube, therefore all of her medications must be administered through her tube. In late January of 2015 Madeline began having seizures and they immediately became life threatening. Within a couple months she appeared to be close to the end of her short life. This was when we found whole plant cannabis oil.

Maddie went 8 days completely seizure free when we first began cannabis therapy. Throughout this year she has continued to make improvements and has even gained skills back such as saying ma and signing mama and Dada. Cannabis can’t cure Madeline. But it can and IS giving me more time with her. QUALITY time where she is awake and interactive and knows mommy is here. She is in and out of the hospital frequently due to her complexity for various issues including: needing blood products, to requiring surgical intervention for large kidney stones. So the time that she is at home is very precious to us. One thing Madeline has enjoyed since she was a baby is going outside and feeling the breeze. Madeline takes 2 scheduled doses of whole plant oil and on days where she is having pain or her body is under stress we will give 1-2 small extra doses or “stress” doses.

Why should we be forced to stay inside because of fear of a police officer seeing us in public giving Madeline cannabis oil and then I am put in jail for giving her medicine? I can give her all of her other medications in public. Maddie should be able to experience life and all the beautiful things in it. Including the zoo, the park, frozen on ice if she so chooses. But without the law being changed I am criminalized for giving my baby medicine in public. I ask that there be URGENT action taken so all of the cannabis patients in Washington can enjoy the wonders of our beautiful state inside and outside.

All the best,
Meagan Holt

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