Gregoire Praises Medical Pot Bill

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  Gregoire Praises Medical Pot Bill

Posted by CN Staff on May 06, 2011 at 06:05:16 PT
By Jordan Schrader, Staff Writer 
Source: Bellingham Herald 

Washington State -- Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday praised the medical-marijuana overhaul developing in the state Senate, the offspring of the legislation she gutted last week. The latest draft leans heavily on city and county rules rather than state regulation. Gregoire said it’s “absolutely mindful” of her reason for rejecting most of the previous version: concern that state employees might face federal prosecution for handing out licenses to marijuana dispensaries.
But before the topic comes up in the ongoing 30-day special session, Gregoire said she wants the leaders of the Legislature’s four party caucuses to agree it can be considered.At least one is balking. “Passing legislation dealing with marijuana laws is not the priority for House Republicans,” House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt of Chehalis said in a statement. The priority, he said: Balance the budget and reform the state-run insurance system for injured workers.Democratic majorities might push ahead without bipartisan agreement, hoping it survives another trip to Gregoire’s desk.The author of the developing proposal, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, said the real question is whether it has the votes to pass, not whether everyone agrees.“I’m going to look at the majority of the Legislature,” said Kohl-Welles, a Seattle Democrat. “I’d be surprised if the governor would veto something she likes because one of the four caucus leaders says he doesn’t want it to go forward.”Under her measure, Kohl-Welles says, nonprofit cooperatives of patients could grow marijuana and sell it to their members – if local governments allow such operations within their boundaries. Cities and counties could decide where cooperatives could locate, or choose to ban them altogether. Snipped  Complete Article: Bellingham Herald (WA)Author: Jordan Schrader, Staff WriterPublished: May 6, 2011Copyright: 2011 Bellingham HeraldContact: letters bellinghamherald.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 06, 2011 at 18:05:08 PT

Just My Thoughts
As I look for news to post I see different types of articles recently. Something is going to happen. I can feel it and I hope that makes sense. I am beginning to see that the issue that has been avoided which is to address the Federal Law must change. Where the reform movement is right now is shaken and fired up and ready to move it forward. I think this will be interesting to observe. It might get worse before it gets better. These are just my thoughts.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on May 06, 2011 at 14:42:30 PT

Functional Human Soul 
Sam, I like that.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on May 06, 2011 at 14:32:36 PT

seems like very good news
even if it doesn't get through this year, next year is a possibility.It appears we may have a governor - Gregoire - with a functional human soul on our hands! They are extrememly rare, I think we've only had 2 or 3 so far in the whole US.The Repub's can squawk, but I see they're the "minority" party. Would be great if Wash. could pass a better bill this year.
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