The recently passed Senate Bill 5052 is headed to Gov. Inslee’s desk for signature and a veto is highly unlikely. This bill will gut Washington state medical marijuana system of dispensaries and leave thousands of patients at the State’s mercy. Read more Medical Marijuana In Wa State Overhauled
I am fortunate to be a patient and a grower but many are not so lucky. Without dispensaries many will not be able to get or afford their medicine. Not everyone is in a position to grow their own and many patients are on fixed incomes.
If this bill goes into effect in July 2016 many will have to pay over 30% tax on their meds. Either that, or they will be forced to the black market.
Medical Marijuana And The Voice Of The People
I am mad as hell and not just because this is a shitty bill that establishes a registry for the DEA to subpoena. My anger stems from the fact that the people of Washington overwhelmingly voted for Initiative 692 back in 1998.
Initiative 692 (I-692 or the Medical Use of Marijuana Act) was an initiative in the November 1998 election in the U.S. state of Washington. The initiative was to permit patients with certain debilitating conditions to use medical marijuana. Voters approved this initiative by 59%. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Initiative_692
So where does Sen Ann Rivers and deep pocketed individuals like Martin Tobias(who openly admits to wanting to control 15% of the stares recreational market) come off overturning the will of the voters? This is a blatant attempt by special interest groups to create a monopoly on weed and the State is fully supporting it because they are cash hungry.
Maybe Mark Twain was right when he said if voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it. But I don’t think so. The voters in Washington need to stand up and say no! They need to take back medical marijuana and save special interest groups from killing it. There is a choice and we need to fight to keep our rights as patients.
Medical marijuana cooperative owner in Bellingham calls bill before Inslee ‘devastating’
Advocates are gathering signatures to put an initiative on the November ballot they said would save and strengthen medical marijuana in Washington state, even as a bill to overhaul the market was approved by the Legislature earlier this week and sent to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.
“This bill is devastating. We had the best medical law in the country and we’ve lost that,” said Hugh H. Newmark, owner of Best Buds Collective Garden in Bellingham, of Senate Bill 5052.