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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:
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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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Medical Marijuana Certified Consultant Rules Hearing

Medical Marijuana Certified Consultant Rules Hearing

The department has scheduled a rules hearing to be held:

January 26, 2016, 2 p.m.
Capital Event Center
Educational Service District 113
6005 Tyee Drive SW
Tumwater, WA 98512

The purpose of the proposed rules meetings will be to:

  • Describe the proposed rules established in chapter 246-72 WAC;
  • Explain the state’s rulemaking process and timeline;
  • Invite stakeholders, members of the general public, and other interested parties to participate in the rulemaking process and to provide comment.

We are now in the open public comment period and you can a comment online up until 5 pm on January 26, 2016. If you have questions, contact the department at 360-236-4819 or medicalmarijuana@doh.wa.gov.

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Medical Cannabis Patients and Supporters Meeting in Tonasket, WA

NOVEMBER- MeetUp Update! (Guest Speaker: John Novak)

Come join us at the CCC in Tonasket WA. Find out what has happened to medical cannabis in our state. Guest Speaker John Novak will be with us as well! We will discuss what 5052 changed and what the rules are concerning Medical cannabis and homegrows.

We have a few new session laws, plus there are a few agencies that have also been given authority to make rules as they see fit.

Looking for volunteers. Web, Graphics, Videography, Law, Writers, Editors, Photographers, Labor (Set up Take down), Donations for Auctions / Raffles, Organizers, An Assistant

Lots has happened to medical cannabis in Washington State. People need to know what happened and how to make sure they know what the laws are to protect themselves. Join us for a peaceful discussion on Medical Cannabis.
This meeting is for Medical Cannabis patients and our Supporters, please respect that!

What we are about:In these meetups we will go over which new session laws are in place for Medical Cannabis, What agencies are putting in place as far as rules are concerned. In time we will also be going through each new session law and discussing it.

Closer to the session we will hold classes to teach people how to use the legislative website and how to get on mailing list, look up bills etc etc.
These meetings will go on a regular basis. Mostly where I live in Okanogan County however Its not unheard of for me to travel. Only this time it will be a little different than years before. Now if you want a meetup in your town, You supply the people, If there seems to be a sincere interest, I will go to your city with YOU as the host and help you with your meetup. Or show you how
If you have a little bit that you can help with gas or hotel costs then you can also go to Olympia with me.

Make it worth our time and we will come to you 😉

Our focus in the Peoples Groups and Meetings is to educate people on the Bills and what is going on in Olympia. What session Laws have passed and what they are so we protect ourselves.

We are about Supporting those who support us.

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Washington state voters are not being heard.

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 Washington state voters are not being heard.

Voters gave medical patients the ability to use cannabis in 1998.
In 2012, voters passed I-502 with the mandate to treat cannabis like alcohol.

It’s time the state paid attention to the will of the people.

  1. NO REGISTRY, NO HOME COMPLIANCE CHECKS
    None for alcohol, none needed for cannabis.
  2. LIFT POSSESSION LIMITS
    None for alcohol, none needed for cannabis.
  3. ADULT HOME GROWS
    Beer and wine making are not an issue. Treat cannabis the same.
  4. ADULT SHARING
    No restrictions on alcohol? Then none on cannabis.
  5. REMOVE IT FROM THE STATE CSA SO ALL PEOPLE ARE PROTECTED FROM ARREST/PROSECUTION/FORFEITURE
    Alcohol is not in the controlled substances act. Cannabis should not be there either.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/viperpacwa/
    viperpac@gmail.com
    http://viperpac.org/

    Also See The Peoples Site at:
    http://thepeopleformedicalcannabis.com/

    Exposing Modern Reefer Madness
    http://420leaks.com/

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The Washington Department of Health just released emergency rules

The Washington Department of Health just released emergency rules

The Washington Department of Health just released emergency rules in preparation for the merging of medical marijuana into the state’s existing recreational regulatory system. WhenSenate Bill 5052, or the Medical Cannabis Patient Protection Act, passed, there was not enough time for officials to draft a full set of rules, particularly concerning marijuana edible products,concentrates, and testing.

The rules that may affect you or your business are as follows:

Read them here on Leafly!

 

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WIRE: Washington LCB issues new marijuana license application window…

WIRE: Washington LCB issues new marijuana license application window
Posted on September 23, 2015 by SueVo in News

“OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) today adopted emergency rules and issued new draft rules to begin the public process of aligning the medical marijuana market with the existing recreational market.

The Board’s actions are the result of 2015 legislation, the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, which established a priority system for licensing existing medical marijuana outlets. The emergency rules, which are effective immediately, allow the WSLCB to begin the process of licensing new retail outlets that may sell both medical and recreational marijuana. Existing recreational stores may also apply for an endorsement to sell both.

“If phase one was implementation of the recreational marijuana marketplace then today marks the beginning of phase two — the public process of aligning the medical marijuana system with the existing recreational system,” said Board Chair Jane Rushford.”

Read More Here…
http://cannabisdailyrecord.com/index.php/2015/09/23/wire-washington-lcb-issues-new-marijuana-license-application-window/

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What does the NEW Medical Cannabis Law say?

That is a question that continuously comes up in the medical cannabis community. The changes are many!

Patients in the community are advised to read the new session law for themselves. Attorneys are even having trouble deciphering the new law. To add to all the confusion of the new law there are a few agencies who have been given the right to make “rules” as they see fit. These agencies include the Department of Health, the Department of Revenue and The Liquor and Cannabis Board. Yes the LCB now stands for the Liquor and Cannabis board even though all the wording within the new law still refers to it as “Marijuana”

Patients need to read all that involve the new law and need to understand that nothing in this new law, with the exception of adding PTSD, is good for patients. Patients in the medical cannabis community have been lied to, by the very community who told them it would not effect them, also known as the 502 community.

Who do the patients trust to “have their backs” in a state that has obviously thrown them under the bus. The answer is NO ONE! Read the New Law for yourself.

New Law:
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/5052-S2.SL.pdf

Dept of Health
http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Marijuana/MedicalMarijuana

Dept of Revenue:
http://dor.wa.gov/content/Search/Default.aspx?search=Medical+Mariujuana

Liquor and Cannabis Board:
http://liq.wa.gov/mj2015/marijuana-2015

Educate yourself! In Washington State patients have been affected by the new law and the new rules. Some changes have begun as early as July 24th, 2015. That is correct, of this year. Read the info on the website of the department of health.

We could write it all out for you here but we won’t. One of the problems this year was lack of knowledge as to how it had effected medical cannabis patients. Many chose to follow a leader based on nothing but popularity or because they owned a dispensary. Following the leader has led them right off the cliff. It is time people started to educate themselves. Educating themselves as a medical cannabis patient is the best protection they have against such a cruel and inhumane law.

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