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Higher Ground: Patient Protection Act, My Ass

Higher Ground: Patient Protection Act, My Ass
How recreational-marijuana legalization is screwing medical-marijuana access.

Washington continues to take one step forward and seven steps back in our legalization experiment. With new laws rapidly eroding the voter-approved Medical Use of Marijuana Act of 1998, the cannabis community is deeply divided between the “haves” (recreational retailers, growers, and processors) and the “have-nots” (medical-marijuana patients and dispensaries). What does this grave new world look like?  Read More…

 

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Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked to Later Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Research Finds

Teen Marijuana Use Not Linked to Later Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems, Research Finds

WASHINGTON — Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence into their mid-30s for the study, which was published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors®.

“What we found was a little surprising,” said lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, PhD, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “There were no differences in any of the mental or physical health outcomes that we measured regardless of the amount or frequency of marijuana used during adolescence.”  Read More…

 

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By This Time Next Year, Washington’s Pot Connoisseurs Might Be Smoking Oregon Marijuana

By This Time Next Year, Washington’s Pot Connoisseurs Might Be Smoking Oregon Marijuana

Now that Oregon has charged into legalization, and at a faster clip than Washington has, I’d like to make a sweeping—and perhaps ill-advised—prediction about the notoriously unpredictable world of marijuana capitalism: By this time next year, local cannabis connoisseurs will be using high-quality, low-priced, gray-market weed that’s being quietly trucked up from Oregon. And the nation’s savvy marijuana tourists will be going to Portland instead of Seattle.
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Is Legal Marijuana Safe? Independent study says no.

April 6, 2015
For immediate release

Is Legal Marijuana Safe? Independent study says no.

Recreational users and medical patients to picket recreational outlet store in Seattle

Along with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington came reassurances that the products offered to the public for consumption would be lab tested for safety and consistency.

A recent study by a Washington state physician that is documented by Seattle Times reporter Evan Bush shows this is far from the case. The doctor says, “The public is being lied to about the state marijuana being properly tested for safety. It is not!”

Two weeks ago emergency trauma physician Gil Mobley, MD, purchased seven various marijuana products from two different stores in the Seattle area licensed by the state to sell recreational marijuana. The samples were delivered to five different Seattle area marijuana testing labs and one in Portland to undergo an extensive battery of tests.

“I was shocked at the results as every citizen from the state should be, especially those who have been misled into believing that they are consuming safe and quality tested cannabis products. Anything coming out of these stores should be considered unsafe until proven otherwise, and industry is years away from that goal.”

Specifically, the study showed an alarming fivefold variance in the amount of psychoactive THC between the state approved labs performing the testing on the same product. That is a 500% difference.

Additionally, four labs found four different retained solvents in concentrates that none of the other 5 labs found: methanol, isopropanol, acetone and alkane, all classified as poisons.

Mobley said that equally as disturbing is the fact of 248 pesticides are approved to use on cannabis plants in the state yet there is not one lab in Washington capable of testing for these poisons. He was astonished that this was “news” to the state’s marijuana examiner, Tim Gates, only two weeks ago. (The samples had to be transported illegally to a neighboring state for pesticide testing.)

Steve Sarich, the executive director of the Cannabis Action Coalition agreed, criticizing the agency in charge of regulating the recreational drug. “The Liquor Control Board is telling the legislature that patients ‘will be safer’ if they are forced into the recreational system because their products are being ‘tested’. In fact, not one of these products has ever been tested for dangerous pesticides. The reality is that patients’ lives could very well be put in danger by using these any of these products. It’s time for the LCB to start

telling the truth to the press and to the legislature about their total lack of pesticide testing.”

Dr. Mobley adds, “Until the state institutes a quality assurance plan for these labs and begins proficiency testing for accuracy, my advice for the recreational consumers and medical cannabis patients alike is to stay away from the stores and don’t use any cannabis products unless you know exactly who grew or produced them.”

“That’s the epitome of hypocrisy; the legislature should be ashamed of themselves for not protecting the public! This is all about money and it is reprehensible for public health to take a back seat to state profits,” Mobley concluded.

The pot protest will take place on Tuesday morning April 7, 2015, at 11 AM in front of Uncle Ike’s recreational marijuana store at 2310 East Union Street in downtown Seattle. The event has been timed it to coincide with proposed legislation in Olympia sharply restricting the current provisions for medical marijuana patients.

For additional information please contact Dr. Gil Mobley, MD on cell 417-848-6100 or at drgilmobley@gmail.com

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Why Patients DO NOT WANT 5052 and the Cody Striker

Why Patients DO NOT WANT 5052 and the Cody Striker!

Committee Documents:
https://app.leg.wa.gov/CMD/document.aspx?agency=3&year=2015&cid=12167&lid=5052

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The version that passed should be on the leg website by tomorrow afternoon. Yes, the Cody Striker passed along with 5 amendments (none of them fix it). The only good amendment adds traumatic brain injury to the qualifying conditions.

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Denied access to stores w/ medical endorsements/products.

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Section 21 (1)(d) allows federal agents and prosecutors to access patient database without a warrant

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4 plants and one ounce for non-registered patients is completely unworkable

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Section 18 would let the DOH obtain the names of patients not in the database if the physician writes more than 30 authorizations in less than a month…. Specifically, section 18(5)

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Section 26 (2) has a no valid reason for existing. Why penalize a patient because they live within a mile of an I-502 store? What public policy does this serve?

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Section 26 (4)(d) requires all patients to “provide non-monetary resources and labor in order to participate”. So this excludes people who are physically unable to do labor from being able to be in a cooperative.

Section 26 (2) seems to place favor toward one group of businesses and/or entities vs. another. Doesn’t the State Constitution forbid such lawless tyranny?

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Section 26 forces patients to use a patient’s home for cooperative gardening and is subject to inspections and mandatory registering.

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Section 26 forces cooperatives of 4 patients to maintain a “seed to sale” tracking program similar to the commercial model, yet gives no way to legally do that without breaking the law. For instance, under I-502, when producers are first given a license, there is a 15 day window where the WSLCB “looks the other way” while the licensee obtains their plants and seeds from the Black or Medical markets.

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Section 27 (1) appears to remove the ability of a patient to also be a designated provider to someone in the same home. If more than one patient lives there, they must submit to being a cooperative and be registered.

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5052-S2 AMH SHEA BLAC 103 419 Shea Floor Pg 57 Ln 29 ADOPTED 04/10/2015 

http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Amendments/House/5052-S2%20AMH%20SHEA%20BLAC%20103.pdf?hc_location=ufi

This gives the state the ability to say my personal strains that I have cultivated and bred over time will not likely meet their criteria as “medicine” since it is only strains used for products and usable marijuana sold in I-502 stores.

They are giving legal protection of saying THEIR pot is not schedule one, but my is.

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Is Legal Marijuana Safe? Independent study says no. Recreational users and medical patients to picket recreational outlet store in Seattle

April 6, 2015

For immediate release

Is Legal Marijuana Safe? Independent study says no.

Recreational users and medical patients to picket recreational outlet store in Seattle

Along with the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington came reassurances that the products offered to the public for consumption would be lab tested for safety and consistency.

A recent study by a Washington state physician that is documented by Seattle Times reporter Evan Bush shows this is far from the case. The doctor says, “The public is being lied to about the state marijuana being properly tested for safety. It is not!”

Two weeks ago emergency trauma physician Gil Mobley, MD, purchased seven various marijuana products from two different stores in the Seattle area licensed by the state to sell recreational marijuana. The samples were delivered to five different Seattle area marijuana testing labs and one in Portland to undergo an extensive battery of tests.

“I was shocked at the results as every citizen from the state should be, especially those who have been misled into believing that they are consuming safe and quality tested cannabis products. Anything coming out of these stores should be considered unsafe until proven otherwise, and industry is years away from that goal.”

Specifically, the study showed an alarming fivefold variance in the amount of psychoactive THC between the state approved labs performing the testing on the same product. That is a 500% difference.

Additionally, four labs found four different retained solvents in concentrates that none of the other 5 labs found: methanol, isopropanol, acetone and alkane, all classified as poisons.

Mobley said that equally as disturbing is the fact of 248 pesticides are approved to use on cannabis plants in the state yet there is not one lab in Washington capable of testing for these poisons. He was astonished that this was “news” to the state’s marijuana examiner, Tim Gates, only two weeks ago. (The samples had to be transported illegally to a neighboring state for pesticide testing.)

Steve Sarich, long time patient advocate agreed, criticizing the agency in charge of regulating the recreational drug. “The Liquor Control Board is telling the legislature that patients ‘will be safer’ if they are forced into the recreational system because their products are being ‘tested’. In fact, not one of these products has ever been tested for dangerous pesticides. The reality is that patients’ lives could very well be put in danger by using these any of these products. It’s time for the LCB to start telling the truth to the press and to the legislature about their total lack of pesticide testing.”

Dr. Mobley adds, “Until the state institutes a quality assurance plan for these labs and begins proficiency testing for accuracy, my advice for the recreational consumers and medical cannabis patients alike is to stay away from the stores and don’t use any cannabis products unless you know exactly who grew or produced them.”

“That’s the epitome of hypocrisy; the legislature should be ashamed of themselves for not protecting the public! This is all about money and it is reprehensible for public health to take a back seat to state profits,” Mobley concluded.

The pot protest will take place on Tuesday morning April 7, 2015, at 11 AM in front of Uncle Ike’s recreational marijuana store at 2310 East Union Street in downtown Seattle. The event has been timed it to coincide with proposed legislation in Olympia sharply restricting the current provisions for medical marijuana patients.

For additional information please contact Dr. Gil Mobley, MD on cell 417-848-6100 or at drgilmobley@gmail.com

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Lab Testing Debunked. Regulate the Labs Before Mandating Testing.

“States that have legalized cannabis require testing for potency and contaminants in cannabis, and lab-testing cannabis is quickly becoming an important part of the industry. The tests for pesticides, mold, contamination, etc. don’t require any new or special analytical techniques and are part of standard practice for other agricultural products. With the right lab equipment, chemists can also measure cannabinoids to a certain degree of precision, if they do it right. Unfortunately, there is no standardized way of looking at the data, and this has everyone confused.”   Read more…

Legislators keep using testing as an excuse for stricter regulations, however, cannabis testing laboratories have no standards of practices. They may use varying methods and equipment. Their results may not be consistent or accurate. Testing should NOT be mandated until the testing labs are regulated.

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My 15 Minutes with Rep. Christopher Hurst AKA When Batgirl met the Riddler by VannaBatGirl

My 15 Minutes with Rep. Christopher Hurst AKA When Batgirl met the Riddler by VannaBatGirl

No matter how prepared you think you are, you are never truly prepared to meet a super-villain, let alone attempt to reason with one. I had done the research: watched the interviews, read the articles, studied the bills and positions. I had pages of notes for reference. I came dressed in my “not a stupid stoner” costume, complete with frilly blouse and covered tattoos. I knew my enemy. I was ready for battle.

In all reality, I knew this was not a battle I would ever win. I knew there was nothing I could say to change Rep. Christopher Hurst’s mind because something much louder was already speaking to him.

Read the Whole Story Here!

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United States Government Could Change Medical Marijuana Program Location

United States Government Could Change Medical Marijuana Program Location
Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 8.20.26 AMThe federal government has been growing
marijuana for a long time for medical purposes at a university in Mississippi. It’s always been something that activists have pointed to as an example of federal marijuana policy hypocrisy. The federal government’s official position for when marijuana policy applies to the rest of society is that marijuana has no medical value. But of course when it applies to the federal government, marijuana has a lot of medical value, which is why there is, and has been for decades, a medical marijuana program at the University of Mississippi. Read More…

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