Medical Marijuana Deal Remains Elusive in Olympia
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Medical Marijuana Deal Remains Elusive in Olympia
Posted by CN Staff on May 10, 2011 at 13:27:38 PT
By Mike Baker, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Olympia, Wash. -- Washington state lawmakers are struggling to broker a deal that would fully recognize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries that are already operating around the state.Several senators proposed a new bill Tuesday that would leave it up to local jurisdictions to decide whether to regulate the distribution outlets. But some medical marijuana advocates immediately raised concerns, noting that it would force dispensaries into political battles all over the state.
"The point of this legislation was to end the conflict, not to ensure a whole new round of years of conflict," said Ezra Eickmeyer, political director of the Washington Cannabis Association.Dispensaries are not specifically allowed nor forbidden under current state statutes, although that hasn't stopped them from popping up since voters approved a medical marijuana law in 1998.Current state law does not allow for marijuana sales. It mandates that patients must grow it themselves or designate a caregiver to grow it for them.Proponents of the law contend that patients with terminal or debilitating conditions do not have the ability or resources to grow marijuana, so they believe retail-like access is needed to prevent a black market.Gov. Chris Gregoire recently vetoed a plan that would have provided statewide oversight. The state's two U.S. attorneys had warned that state employees involved in regulating the industry would not be immune from prosecution.The governor said she couldn't leave state employees exposed to that possibility.The latest proposal in the Senate would allow dispensaries  called "nonprofit patient cooperatives"  only if local jurisdictions opt in by approving an ordinance.Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a Democrat from Seattle who is the lead sponsor of the bill, said Gregoire had indicated general support for the new plan. She acknowledged that the legislation was not perfect but at least tried to balance the demands of advocates, law enforcement and the governor's office."It's not my preference that we're doing it this way, but we're having to do it this way," she said.The bill was scheduled to be heard in committee Wednesday.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Mike Baker, Associated PressPublished: May 10, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on May 12, 2011 at 14:13:11 PT
That is you opinion but don't use that word here on CNews. 
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Comment #7 posted by disvet13 on May 12, 2011 at 13:09:52 PT:
prison for life
we're just trying to give em life in prison. if we learn nothing from's just lawyers and politicians playing adversarial process bureaucracy. either vote for complete legalization or keep on spending your tax dollars and your life in prison. if you don't believe in complete legalization then you believe the propaganda in one form or the other. the great rallying cry now is its for the children, its a smoke and mirror tactic for sheople. cannabis is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol, where's the concern for the children? they need to study more? they new in the 1800's what they were up against, you can grow it for pennies and it cures or treats far more than any other drug, and it has no toxic side effects. like i said, they're nazi's, they are in control, they know exactly what's best for you, your vote doesn't count when they control the political process, either vote for complete legalization or spend your life in their prison.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on May 12, 2011 at 12:49:20 PT
That term doesn't fit our country. We aren't executing people like they did during the Holocaust. 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on May 12, 2011 at 11:38:42 PT
Museman comment 3
I'm so sorry, Museman!
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Comment #4 posted by disvet13 on May 12, 2011 at 10:35:13 PT:
call them nazi's
a nazi by any other name is still a nazi- there is an element that has invaded our government, a small group of contemptible men have made us a contemptible nation. woodrow wilson. it was the thought process, the worm injected into the computer of democracy. men following their own agenda's. complete legalization, by ballot referendum, or spend billions of your tax dollars and years upon years because the only thing lawyers and politicians are going to do is argue and spend your tax dollars.
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Comment #3 posted by museman on May 10, 2011 at 18:26:15 PT
I met some of that particular species in the past few days, and in two days they have managed to rob me of thousands of dollars, the liberty of one of my children, and in the process inserted their demonic energy into the rest of my family.We are literally throwing what is left of our piddly life savings at them to make them stop, but they just want more, and more, and more.There is a species mutation within their ranks; Homobureauraticus Demonicus. They seem to be in minor administrative roles in county courthouses.But their karma is about to light them up.In the next few months, maybe years, if you see bright, quick, all consuming burning fires about the size of a human body, its them getting their just deserts.I guarantee it. Because this kind of behavior that they have been getting away with is not going to fly much longer in the Age we have entered.The time for them to turn around has passed them by. They go "down to perdition" and would it be a surprise to note that their particular hell is of their own design?Hear that pigs?Make your peace now while you still can. I can guarantee that no one is going to throw you a life line when your BULLSHIT catches up to you!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on May 10, 2011 at 15:54:51 PT
A new species: Homobureauraticus.
A species spin-off of the Homosapien.The homobureauraticus Is born expecting total care from cradle to grave. Their DNA passes a gene that gives them a sense of entitlement.they can never reach a very high degree of intelligence, and so they must struggle to achieve some degree of mediocrity and for this they feel they are owed our complete allegiance and obedience.It is only those among us who are lazy and uninformed that facilitate this waste of resources and ultimately or very future.The joke is how many county workers does it take to dig a hole? One to X the spot, one to hold up a sigh that they are digging a hole, one to stay on the phone to report progress, And an accountant to pay the Mexican Illegal they hired to dig.It always takes a crew to do what a 12 year old boy could accomplish in half the time.A new species, first outed here on C/News.
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Comment #1 posted by disvet13 on May 10, 2011 at 14:57:58 PT:
adversarial process bureaucracy
brokered deals...political deals...ensured political conflict for another's all smoke and mirrors, spending your tax dollars. lawyers and politicians will never end the argument, they'll just keep on playing adversarial process bureaucracy. by ballot petition referendum, for complete legalization of all cannabis will be the only end to the matter, or just keep on spending your tax dollars so lawyers and special interests can play.
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