Medical Pot: Law Still Says One Patient Per Grower

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  Medical Pot: Law Still Says One Patient Per Grower

Posted by CN Staff on February 18, 2010 at 09:16:44 PT
Source: News Tribune 

Tacoma, WA -- Medical marijuana advocates made a deal with the voters in 1998 with Initiative 692: no sales, no shops, no dispensaries, no co-ops, nothing that would even vaguely resemble a legalized dope industry. The year before, Washingtonians had rejected a loophole-riddled initiative that would have abetted the loosey-goosey quasi-commercialization already seen in California. I-692 included a crucial safeguard: authorized patients could use marijuana, but they had to grow their own supply or have it provided by a caregiver. No money was to change hands.
One patient per caregiver: The law explicitly says the caregiver must “possess no more marijuana than is necessary for the patient’s personal medical use.” And he or she must “be the primary caregiver to only one patient at one time.” That language would not be in there had the law envisioned shops with scores or hundreds of paying customers.But dispensaries selling to multiple, paying customers is exactly what Washington has been seeing in recent months – in Tacoma, Spokane and elsewhere. Their operators appear to be hoping that police, prosecutors and courts will adopt a de facto tolerance policy toward “exchanges” that bill themselves as medical providers. Snipped   Complete Article: News Tribune, The (Tacoma, WA)Published: February 17, 2010Copyright: 2010 Tacoma News Inc.Contact: letters thenewstribune.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #15 posted by FoM on February 19, 2010 at 05:47:22 PT

John Tyler
That is terrible about your daughter. I had 5 major surgeries before I was 30. It was totally different then. Everyone had insurance and it was always affordable. People that think what we have now should be left as is baffles me. I am pleased with my care but leaving the hospital right after major surgery is a little scary. Being in the hospital the first couple of days gives you a good start to healing. Our country will collapse if something doesn't happen with runaway health care costs.
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Comment #14 posted by John Tyler on February 18, 2010 at 20:53:36 PT

Up date from Virginia
In January the Legislature rejected a bill that would decriminalize cannabis down to a fine. So instead of creating a money making penalty system (estimated at $75 million a year) they are going to keep the old money costing system. Virginia is in a finical bind and needs to come up with $2 billion to cover expenses. They don’t have enough money to pay their employees, or for education, social services, etc., etc., but they have enough money to continue enforcing a stupid antiquated money losing prohibition system. That’s politics. 

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Comment #13 posted by John Tyler on February 18, 2010 at 20:20:36 PT

Off topic Medical bills
Last fall my daughter fell and cut her chin very badly. The plastic surgeon took a little less than an hour to sew her up. He charged my insurance company $12,000 for less than an hours work. I had to pay $800.  The overall doctor, hospital, medical insurance experience was horrible. Medical care in this country, even with insurance, is ruinously expensive and the care, at least in my part of the country, is sloppy and careless. The vaulted doctor patient relationship is a myth. Also, I discovered that doctors, even specialist are, to my thinking, deficient in their knowledge of the drugs they prescribe. We have had to discussion prescriptions with the pharmacists and even call the drug maker to find out information that the doctor didn’t seem to know. My point is that a doctor should be an expert in his specialty and should be able to discuss your medical condition with you. I have not seen this to be the case. I hope the doctors in your area are better.

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Comment #12 posted by RevRayGreen on February 18, 2010 at 19:40:28 PT

Iowa Medical Marijuana Task Force
(I hope they come up w/another name)I met with Senate Majority Leader 'Governor' Gronstal and two other ranking House reps today and let them know I really want to be on this committee. "The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is recommending the Legislature convene a task force or study committee for the purpose of making recommendations back to the Legislature regarding the administration of a medical marijuana program. The board recommends the task force or committee be comprised of various disciplines including but not limited to the following: a representative of a seriously ill patient; a representative of law enforcement; a representative of the Iowa attorney general; a representative of an HIV organization or a physician caring for an AIDS patient; a substance abuse treatment representative; a person living with a serious illness; a hospice or palliative care representative; a representative of the Iowa Board of Nursing; a representative of the Iowa Board of Medicine; and a representative of the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. Rescheduling of marijuana is the first step of a process that could ultimately result in legalization for medical purposes. The Board of Pharmacy’s recommendation to the Iowa Legislature does not impact current Iowa law.
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Comment #11 posted by runruff on February 18, 2010 at 18:59:38 PT

The reason I smiled to myself when I read this...
Is...The amount of cannabis being consumed has already been estimated. I believe cannabis is still the biggest cash crop on the west coast?Ergo [I have always wanted to say "ergo" in a sentence] somebody is making profit on cannabis as we speak, even without the permission of the Board of Blah Blah, and the Committee of Nays!Who among them is really dumb enough to think what they say matters or that they are in any way effective?Are they so thick or is this a charade of some kind to protect black market profits? No, they are that thick!
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on February 18, 2010 at 16:27:59 PT

I usually watch Jon Stewart and then turn on Letterman. I think Colbert has a different appeal. He can be funny but he has a different approach then Jon Stewart. He has made me laugh a couple times when I did watch him like when Willie Nelson was on his Christmas Special. That was great.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on February 18, 2010 at 16:24:22 PT

I have been watching the Olympics so I didn't know anything about it. 
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Comment #8 posted by josephlacerenza on February 18, 2010 at 15:55:33 PT

O.T. Stephen Colbert in Vancouver
I did not see this posted, but I could be wrong!!!
Colbert at the Vancouver Winter Olympics
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on February 18, 2010 at 11:39:21 PT

I am guessing the total bill will be close to $10,000. This was done in around 5 hours and then you go home. Years ago you stayed in a hospital for 5 days with major surgery. I guess it breaks down to $2,000 an hour! Thank you. It has now been 4 weeks so I am on my way to being better. I still can't lift anything until I see the doctor the beginning of March.
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on February 18, 2010 at 11:34:01 PT

FOM, wow I hope your recovery is going well. will send positive thoughts your way!I had a fun experience recently when my insurance company decided that a cortisone shot constitutes a surgical procedure and tried to charge me a $300 copay.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on February 18, 2010 at 10:36:55 PT

I was in the hospital about 5 hours when I had surgery. The bill is just under $5,000. That is not the surgeon's fee. I will be getting help with my bill luckily.
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on February 18, 2010 at 10:33:52 PT

paying the bills
"Unless you're a Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, you're one illness away from financial ruin in this country," says lead author Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., of the Harvard Medical School, in Cambridge, Mass. "If an illness is long enough and expensive enough, private insurance offers very little protection against medical bankruptcy, and that's the major finding in our study."
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Comment #3 posted by Sam adams on February 18, 2010 at 10:21:01 PT

medicine and money
I'm sure this is very re-assuring to people that have been bankrupted by their health problems (medical costs cause the lion's share of personal bankruptcies in the US).As you apply for food stamps and move into a homeless shelter with your pain and failed health it will be good to know that the LAW still says one plant per patient!
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on February 18, 2010 at 10:16:59 PT

it's obvious that the people who wrote this have experienced any sort of signficant suffering or pain:"It would be one thing if there were some medical rigor in the way marijuana were being administered to patients. In fact, some of the ailments for which marijuana is now approved under state guidelines – such as “intractable pain” – allow for very broad interpretations."ah yes "intractable pain". sounds so suspect...until it happens to you.then you quickly realize that you've lived your whole life in the least compassionate country among western nations. People have been conditioned to react to stories of suffering and pain with scorn and ridicule rather than compassion
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on February 18, 2010 at 10:05:27 PT

"crucial safeguard"
No money should change hands for pharmaceuticals either.Nor should medical caregivers(doctors, nurses, clinicians, labs) be compensated.Take that. ?
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