Bill Would Make Life Easier for Medical Pot Users
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Bill Would Make Life Easier for Medical Pot Users
Posted by CN Staff on January 20, 2011 at 14:49:05 PT
By Chris Grygiel, Staff
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle, WA -- The Legislature on Thursday began debate on one of the most high-profile measures it will consider this session, a bill giving greater legal protection to medical marijuana users.Retired police officers and city politicians - some with direct experience of a loved one suffering from cancer - testified in favor of the measure. Senate Bill 5073 is sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle.
"I believe this bill is really important to the people of Washington state," Kohl-Welles said during a hearing of the Senate Health Committee. "Pain and suffering are not partisan issues. They transcend political party."She said her best friend died of cancer when she was 50 and her sister-in-law died from the disease when she was 53. Both were advised by their doctors to use marijuana to make it easier to deal with the effects of chemotherapy. "They tried it and it worked...they had some comfort at the end of their work," Kohl-Welles said.The bill would provide patients and providers who qualify with "arrest protection" if they don't have more than 15 cannabis plants and 24 ounces of marijuana (the current legal limit), have documentation showing that they qualify to use medical marijuana and that providers aren't using their product themselves.Patients who qualify would be allowed to grow up to 15 plants for their own use; gardens being used by up to 25 patients would be allowed to have 99 plants.Three types of businesses licenses would be created for people who grow medical pot, people who process pot products and people who sell those wares. People who sell marijuana to unauthorized people could be charged with a class C felony, according to the legislation. The Department of Health would also have to establish a registry, listing people allowed to use medical marijuana and police would be required to check the list before seeking a search warrant or making a marijuana-related arrest. Police who fail to check the list could be fined $500.Senate Bill 5073: Snipped   Complete Article: Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA)Author: Chris Grygiel, StaffPublished: January 20, 2011Copyright: 2011 Seattle Post-IntelligencerContact: editpage seattlepi.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by Ron on January 20, 2011 at 21:03:08 PT
No doubt Walters is the cause of your penance
Too bad we don't have a video of that befogged charlatan. (I think he's lived his whole life in a fog.) 
I'm sure corporate gold fever had more to do with your hasty extradition than your cannabis connections. If you ever feel like naming names, I'll do my best to let my fellow citizens know who the greedy scoundrels are.I know a lot of American expats from the Vietnam War. We certainly got a lot of cream during that fiasco.Expats from The Drugwar are of the same high calibre, but Harper's toadying relationship to US power is a full spectrum away from Trudeau's. It's our loss.Take care of yourself brother. 
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Comment #4 posted by herbdoc215 on January 20, 2011 at 19:43:48 PT
Ron, Thanks for the memory :)
I hadn't thought about that for awhile and am sure I'm still paying some penance for it as some lawyers have said it is why the US govt has only given me back 20% of my army pension and none of my Social Security but it was worth EVERY thing it cost as the look on his face was priceless :) plus now they can't say anything about me working my special skills??? 
 As far as jail in BC, it was the treatment as much as the shape of the jails as the attitude towards us was as much personal animosity on a level I have never experienced before in US even in the south? I am sure since I have been gone Harper and his prison culture being lined up with US in 90's things are going to get much worse there before they get better I'm can tell from our example here in US that it becomes a self-sustaining system soon, and only now is it changing here!
 I miss BC everyday, what really makes me maddest is some mining people pulled strings in Canadian govt and they are using a lie to keep me from coming back to Canada which is allowing some people to steal my gold mines and totally rip me off...and I saw on google earth the other day they are mining it as fast as they can get trucks down the road and there are also hundreds of friends and patients there that I want to see. Canada will always be part of my heart and I would love to be able to live in both places! Thanks again and Peace, Steve Tuck
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Comment #3 posted by Ron on January 20, 2011 at 18:56:41 PT
Hi Steve
I hope you're doing well these days. Your treatment by my government a few years ago was shameful.From their ingratitude for your contribution of seed strains, to the cruelty of yanking you out of the emergency ward to deliver you to US authorities just before a weekend, they did you some great wrongs.One thing that sticks in my mind, is your description of the Sechelt jail. The RCMP just built a new station in our town and I find myself wondering if the holding cells would look as bad as the one you were in.I'm sorry for the sufferings my country caused you.On a brighter note, I was and still am) thrilled with admiration for your heroic exhalation of cannabis smoke into John Walters' face.That was an epic act in The Drugwar. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 20, 2011 at 17:46:13 PT
I love to hear good news from you. I have no doubt you are great at seeing things as they really are.
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Comment #1 posted by herbdoc215 on January 20, 2011 at 17:41:39 PT
I was at this hearing today and it looks GREAT
for patients and also they seem to be online with House version so this is actually going to happen soon it seems and for Washington patients it has been a long time coming! No more terrorist searches with SWAT teams, no more lawyer shakedowns, no more discrimination against us! 
Peace, Steve Tuck 
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