Candidates

NOTE:  Please be patient while we finish updating this page. Candidates have been sent the questions, just waiting for responses.  Email us for a list of the questions you can send to your candidate, then return and we can post their answers.  We are not saying to vote for them strictly on their stance on cannabis, but we are saying know where they stand on the topic. 

These questions were submitted from the cannabis community, they are not coming from this website. The questions were not altered nor are the answers. If your candidate is not on here, it is because they have not received the questions, or have not answered them. 

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Candidates by District
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State Senate and State Representatives

District 7
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Crystal Oliver – Representative for the7th Legislative District, Position 2
Karen Hardy   – 7th District State Senate position


District 12 – 

C. Keiki Stacy Weigle – Candidate – Seat 1 – 12th Legislative District

District 18 – 

Eric K. Holt – 18th District State Senate position

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Candidate Responses:
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 Crystal Oliver
Candidate – Representative for the7th Legislative District, Position 2
June 26, 2018
by Gina Garcia

The People For Medical Cannabis in WA state met with Crystal Oliver at the RL in Spokane. At first I was a bit apprehensive since she does own a 502 grow, however I felt at ease speaking with her. Also present were Sandra Garcia Vasquez, Jo McBride, Steven Crites, and Tracy Linderman Sirrine,

Oliver is very familiar with the laws surrounding cannabis as well as what has happened to patients. She agreed that the possession amounts, the registry and the lack of doctors to authorize was problematic. When asked if she would not only “Support Medical Bills or Sponsor them” but also willing to what she can to get them heard and do what is necessary to make it happen, Oliver said she would. She is for homegrows and is aware of the DEAs Marijuana Eradication Program. We discussed how homegrows would remove the target off of patients backs since the state and patients are currently, the only ones allowed to grow.

We discussed how discounts given are deceitful in how they tell you, you get the sales tax off which is more like 8.79 % but patients are not told they still have to pay the 37% excise tax.

We also talked about the need for a “patient” on the Board of Stakeholders at the LCB. Oliver said she would look into it. She is very familiar with the grassroots approach and understands our struggle.  We talked about how the organ transplant program needs to be looked at too, many waiting to receive an organ must quit using cannabis before they receive said organs.

The people for Medical Cannabis are not here to make you choose one candidate over another, but we ask that you research the candidates and vote smart.  We are only presenting what was said and give voices to those running in our state.

Visit her Website:
http://www.votecrystaloliver.com/
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C. Keiki Stacy Weigle
Candidate – Seat 1 – 12th Legislative District
Answers by C. Keiki Stacy Weigle

Candidate Questions 
What is your stance today on MEDICAL Cannabis?
I think medical cannabis should be legal to grow for personal use, with little restriction. For those that do not want to or are not able to grow, I think purchase should be available and affordable with little restriction.

Are you aware of the Medicinal Properties of Cannabis and that it definitely helps the SICK and Dying?
YES. I am one of the sick that it helps.

Possession amounts for patients, do you know what they are and why they are unreasonable?
According to the State, any adult aged 21 or older can purchase any combination of the following from a licensed retail marijuana store:

One ounce of usable marijuana
Sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form
Seventy-two ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form, or
Seven grams of marijuana concentrate

Recognition card holders
“Qualified patients” and designated providers who are entered into the medical marijuana database may legally purchase sales-tax free any combination of the following from a licensed marijuana store with a medical endorsement:
Three ounces of usable marijuana
Forty-eight ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form
Two hundred sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form or
Twenty-one grams of marijuana concentrate

Recognition card holders may also grow in their home or as a member of a cooperative:
Six plants for personal medical use, and
Possess up to eight ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants.
If the patient’s healthcare practitioner determines the patient requires more than the presumptive amount, they may authorize:

Up to 15 plants for personal medical use, and
May possess 16 ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants.

As for the restrictions – this does NOTHING to help people with chronic or debilitating illness. It does nothing for the 25%, at minimum, of veterans of the Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq wars have PTSD. It does nothing for the Cancer patients. The limitations restrict patient wellbeing. NOTE: I have not, as yet, been able to become a qualified patient or recognition card holder since my family moved to WA ☹ Where are the providers and healthcare practitioners???

Arrest Protections, why do we have to be in a REGISTRY for this?
I suspect there is more to it than a benign registry. They want to develop a database like they do for licensed drivers. That’s fine when it comes to gun ownership, but for medical use – unless they complied 100% with HIPAA laws, I feel it is actually a breach of those laws. I feel that they want a path of reversal, like an insurance policy… So that if they illegalize, these are the first folks to be shut down :X

Home Grows for those over 21, for or against? And are you aware why they are important for patients.
I am for home grows for those over 21 if they have medical conditions that warrant growing for themselves. Any younger and a parent/guardian should be the authorized grower for a minor child with medical need.

Are you aware of how much cannabis it takes to make a small amount of oil, lets say 90 – 100 grams? and how much cannabis cost? People on Disability and on SS are unable to purchase.
I don’t know enough about how much it takes or costs. I also don’t know about the process to make oil or tinctures. I do know that just paid $90 for a TEENY bottle of tincture at a shop in Spokane. I also know that anyone on disability or SS like I am, can’t afford that, especially ongoing. If I could legally grow it myself and learn to make tinctures myself I would.

Do you feel that patients ought to just suck it up and go to the stores?
NO. I would like to separate the retail recreation from the medical. I think that going to stores for recreational pot is fine. However, I think medical patients should have the option of growing or buying from a “medical retailer/pharmacy, and – better yet – neighborhood or regional cooperatives of medical growers who can grow and spare a bit for the non-grower neighbors.

Are you aware of the DEA Eradication program? And are you aware that there is a 5,000.00 reward    https://www.dea.gov/ops/cannabis.shtml

It is very similar to the DEA Eradication program that plagued Humboldt and Mendocino counties of California in the 1970’s and 80’s. I find it disgusting that programs like this continue.

Are you willing to Sponsor and push bills on Medical Cannabis?
YES and I would count on people and groups like you and yours to help me learn more about what would work best to support those with medical needs.

While patients are allowed to grow if authorized, there are not many doctors or clinics doing these authorizations. The DOH responds with “go to your doctor,” but doctors are not authorizing. Especially in Eastern Washington! What are your thoughts on this?

As I stated above… I have yet to get my card, not that I haven’t tried. I did get a referral from Sandy Vaughn to someone in Wenatchee, but haven’t been able to get a workable appointment or afford the $250 appointment cost :X I think that there must be legislation that protects doctors so that it frees them to prescribe. Hell, methotrexate is far more dangerous than medical cannabis – yet they dole that out like candy :X That is because they are not challenged when they give a chemo type drug for non cancer treatment to folks with autoimmune disorders (like me).

Right now patients cannot purchase guns or have them if they have cannabis, a bigger problem in rural areas. Would you be willing to attack this issue as well?
WHOA… OK… THIS I DID NOT KNOW… fair warning… this won’t sound very “candidatey” of me, but WTF?!?!?! That’s nuts. Ok… I need to learn more on this… I’ll be damned if I’d give up my guns for my card or vice versa. Oh yes. I’m willing to attack this issue!!!

Where do you see Medical Cannabis going in Washington state?
The way we want it to, we – those with medical needs for medical cannabis. That means more exposure and education within and beyond the patient community. That could also be something to legislate for. I don’t know one person who does not have at least one family member who has a legitimate medical need. Yet, we do not hear or see those stories in mainstream and we need to.

Is there something you would like to relay to the Medical Cannabis patients of Washington State?
I’m one of you…. I’m just not a “card carrying” or “recognized” one of you… yet.

I hope that y’all are fine with my informality and candor. I prefer to respond how I would speak to you in person and, for me, that means keeping it “candid” in my responses and language.

Mahalo nui e malama pono (thank you and best wishes), respectfully,
C. Keiki Stacy Weigle
Seat 1 Candidate in WAState’s 12thLD
Keiki for House
P.O. Box 324
Okanogan, WA 98840 USA
KeikiForHouse@gmail.com
www.KeikiForHouse.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kweigle/
@KeikiForHouse on Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/KeikiForHouse

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Eric K. Holt
Candidate – 18th District State Senate position
Questions by the People for Medical Cannabis 
Answers by Eric k. Holt
“Thank you for this opportunity to try to earn your support.”

Candidate Questions 
What is your stance today on MEDICAL Cannabis?
I support access to medical cannabis. I believe it alleviates symptoms and improves the quality of life for those that are suffering. 

Are you aware of the Medicinal Properties of Cannabis and that it definitely helps the SICK and Dying?
I do know of the benefits but I am not a patient. I do believe that it helps the sick and terminal patients. 

Possession amounts for patients, do you know what they are and why they are unreasonable?
I do not know the current limits, but I believe there should not be limits. If you live 100-200 miles or more from a medical dispensary, how are you supposed to afford to make regular trips because of limits? This is unfair and puts additional burdens on those already suffering.

Arrest Protections, why do we have to be in a REGISTRY for this?  This is an invasion of privacy. Patient privacy should be covered under HIPPA.

Home Grows for those over 21, for or against? And are you aware why they are important for patients.
I support a patients ability to grow cannabis on their own property for their own use. I also support the patients right to grow for other patients in the area that might not have the land or physical ability.

Are you aware of how much cannabis it takes to make a small amount of oil, lets say 90 – 100 grams? and how much cannabis cost? People on Disability and on SS are unable to purchase.
I do not know the exact quantity, but I know that it is a lot. I agree that it is expensive. I look forward to the day that it is covered under medicare and medicaid just like any other treatment.

Do you feel that patients ought to just suck it up and go to the stores?
NO, it is not always realistic or convenient for a patient to make the trip to the store, not to mention that the cannabis at retail stores doesn’t always meet the required quality standards that Medical Cannabis does. 

Are you aware of the DEA Eradication program? And are you aware that there is a 5,000.00 reward?  Yes

https://www.dea.gov/ops/cannabis.shtml

Are you willing to Sponsor and push bills on Medical Cannabis? YES

While patients are allowed to grow if authorized, there are not many doctors or clinics doing these authorizations. The DOH responds with “go to your doctor,” but doctors are not authorizing. Especially in Eastern Washington! What are your thoughts on this? The US is quickly becoming more open minded about medical cannabis as a treatment option but not fast enough. I would like to see it used more regularly as a treatment but we need to overturn the Citizens United ruling so that we can get the Pharmaceutical influence out of the legislative process. Either that or more pharma companies need to become Cannabis companies.

Right now patients cannot purchase guns or have them if they have cannabis, a bigger problem in rural areas. Would you be willing to attack this issue as well?
Yes. Cannabis does not cause a person to become more dangerous. Do we ban guns from people on Chemotherapy? On dialyses? On cold medicine or asthma inhalers? NO. 

Where do you see Medical Cannabis going in Washington state?
I hope to see more options for patients and less restrictions.

Is there something you would like to relay to the Medical Cannabis patients of Washington State? 
Thank you for allowing me to hear your concerns. I stand with you and your freedom to access the treatment that best fits your need.

Eric K. Holt

(M) 360.798.3180
e.k.holt@outlook.com
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Karen Hardy
Candidate – 7th District State Senate position
Questions by the People for Medical Cannabis 
Answers by Karen Hardy

What is your stance today on MEDICAL Cannabis?
I’m all for medical cannabis.

Are you aware of the Medicinal Properties of Cannabis and that it definitely helps the SICK and Dying?
Yes, I am aware of some of the medical properties of cannabis and know for a fact it helps the sick and dying. In fact, it was invaluable for my sister-in-law as she fought cancer with the help of cannabis through chemotherapy and until her death, it was very helpful.

Possession amounts for patients, do you know what they are and why they are unreasonable?
I do not know the possession amounts for patients but I’m not surprised they are considered unreasonable

Arrest Protections, why do we have to be in a REGISTRY for this?
I don’t know what you’re referring to here but I’m willing to listen and discuss options.

Home Grows for those over 21, for or against? And are you aware why they are important for patients.
I think it’s reasonable for patients to be able to grow their own cannabis for their medical needs so that they are able to know exactly what strain(s) they grow and the properties they can expect from each.

Are you aware of how much cannabis it takes to make a small amount of oil, lets say 90 – 100 grams? and how much cannabis cost? People on Disability and on SS are unable to purchase.
I used to know exactly how much flower it took to produce 100 grams of oil but it’s been awhile. I know that it depends on the strain but it’s anywhere from 5:1 to 10:1 flower to oil ratio and retail cost of flower is about $12/gram on the low end.

Do you feel that patients ought to just suck it up and go to the stores?
No, I understand that cannabis provides real relief for many people and I am willing to look at ways to make medical cannabis more accessible and affordable to patients.

Are you aware of the DEA Eradication program? And are you aware that there is a 5,000.00 reward I am now aware of it after reading the pages you linked to below.
https://www.dea.gov/ops/cannabis.shtml
https://www.co.lincoln.wa.us/sheriff/marijuana-hotline/

Are you willing to Sponsor and push bills on Medical Cannabis?
I am open to this.

While patients are allowed to grow if authorized, there are not many doctors or clinics doing these authorizations. The DOH responds with “go to your doctor,” but doctors are not authorizing. Especially in Eastern Washington! What are your thoughts on this?
I don’t know that this is something that can be legislated but I’m willing to listen to any suggestions or solutions you may have.

Right now patients cannot purchase guns or have them if they have cannabis, a bigger problem in rural areas. Would you be willing to attack this issue as well?
I’d be willing to discuss options.

Where do you see Medical Cannabis going in Washington State?
I think medical cannabis is incredibly useful for many people and I support their continued access to it and will absolutely listen to concerns and work to find reasonable solutions to those concerns. 

Is there something you would like to relay to the Medical Cannabis patients of Washington State?
I think medical cannabis is incredibly useful for many people and I support their continued access to it and will absolutely listen to concerns and work to find reasonable solutions to those concerns. Visit her website karenforsenate.com
Email Karen Hardy

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