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Bill Would Let More Professionals OK Use of Pot
Posted by CN Staff on March 12, 2010 at 03:40:43 PT
By Mark Rahner, Seattle Times Staff Reporter
Source: Seattle Times 
Seattle, WA -- The bill allowing patients to get medical-marijuana authorizations from a wider range of health-care professionals came a step closer to becoming law as it passed in the Legislature Thursday.Senate Bill 5798 extends the ability to authorize medical pot to a variety of other licensed health professionals in addition to MDs and osteopaths  including naturopaths, advanced registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
After some fine-tuning, the bill passed with an amendment requiring the recommendations be written on tamper-proof paper. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, the bill's primary sponsor, said it will go into effect around July 1, roughly 90 days after Gov. Chris Gregoire signs it.Gregoire couldn't be reached for a comment Thursday. Kohl-Welles said, "I haven't talked to her about it at this point, but I don't see why she wouldn't [sign it]. She's been supportive of medical-marijuana issues."Kohl-Welles said, "I think this is a real victory in moving forward to providing access more readily to people who are qualified for medical marijuana, especial in more rural areas."The amendment's sponsor, Rep. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, said, "I'm not a supporter" of medical marijuana. "I have concerns about the drug. But if it's prescribed and the prescriptions are controlled, I do not have as much heartburn with it."Ericksen said the amendment is "an effort to bring a little more control to the system and make sure the drug's not being abused and is getting to the people who are authorized for it."The legislation makes copies of the pot authorizations illegal. But Kohl-Welles said that it doesn't rule out providers from simply writing multiple authorizations  for instance, for his or her own records, to the patient, the grower and the like. Also, patients who now have authorizations on paper won't need to get new ones after the law goes into effect, she noted.But Steve Sarich, executive director of the Kirkland-based patient-advocacy group, CannaCare, called the new law "almost unworkably cumbersome. Are you going to go into your doctor and say, 'Can you sign 10 originals for me?' Believe me, no one sticks with just one designated provider."Source: Seattle Times (WA)Author:  Mark Rahner, Seattle Times Staff ReporterPublished: Thursday, March 11, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Seattle Times CompanyContact: opinion seatimes.comWebsite: http://www.seattletimes.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/Fw9xaMMaCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml
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Comment #3 posted by greenmed on March 18, 2010 at 20:24:52 PT
Walmart
There is a Facebook page "BOYCOTT: WalMart Fires Cancer Patient For Medical Marijuana" that y'all might want to check out:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&gid=364415799478
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Comment #2 posted by Jim Beck on March 18, 2010 at 12:29:42 PT:
wallmart fires medical marijuana patient
  Guess where I don't shop any more! Another great corporate decision by a major company. Well guess what they are in Canada too and we are not impressed! Fire the displaced person who made that decision.
wlamart fires medical marijuana patient
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on March 12, 2010 at 04:00:11 PT
WalMart Fires Medical Marijuana Patient
March 12, 2010Battle Creek, Mich. (WZZM) -- Now that medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, can an employer fire a worker who tests positive for the drug?WalMart says it can, so it did."I was terminated because I failed a drug screening," says former WalMart employee Joseph Casias.In 2008, Casias was the Associate Of The Year at the WalMart store in Battle Creek, despite suffering from sinus cancer and an inoperable brain tumor.URL: http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_story.aspx?storyid=119421
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