It is obvious the legislature wants to destroy cannabis laws in Washington by corrupting them with regulation that has never been there in the past.
I have had some bitter arguments with people about this because so many people think that we need to follow whatever the legislature does without complain in hopes that they are gracious to us. I think it is weak-minded to NOT offer objection to laws that we KNOW are bad for us.
It is also a topic coming to the table now that many groups including several police associations and several marijuana advocacy groups want to reschedule cannabis as a Schedule II or a Schedule III. Which I have been saying for a very long time is a BAD idea. What ma and pa businesses are currently involved in the pharmaceutical industry? How many pharmacies are still owned by families rather than large corporate conglomerates? How many small guys are in the business of producing pharmaceutical medication? Drugs like oxycontin, lortab, prozac are schedule II drugs.
I think anyone who supports rescheduling cannabis as opposed to removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act are going to screw up cannabis and cannabis laws for a very long time! Once big pharma get their money behind prohibition, the government will have more resources to enforce prohibition. Who wants that? Big pharma does. The police do. Anyone else? Well it appears that the CDC (Cannabis Defense Coalition) and the WCA (Washington Cannabis Association) do.
See my post on how we can end prohibition against marijuana on a national level.http://slu2.com/6qh
I attempt to explain the difference between ending the Controlled Substances Act vs. Rescheduling
Many people feel that rescheduling cannabis would make it more acceptable to law enforcement and therefor there would be less arrests.
I strongly disagree as I know many people who have went to jail for months and months for illegal possession of prescription medication. My buddy just got busted recently for Xanax and was in jail for several months because of it. So if anyone has a story, let me know.
BTW- I used to be in favor of rescheduling cannabis. But after years of research, and consideration it is obvious to me that rescheduling cannabis will not prevent anyone from going to jail, and in fact it may make prohibition worse when big pharma combines their resources with the federal government to make cannabis THEIRS and not ours.
How many ma and pa businesses do you see selling Xanax, or Lortab, or Oxycontin? Very few of those types of pharmacies exist in this day and age, based on the expense it takes to get into that business. Most of the pharmacies are big corporate conglomerates and not local businesses.
If we reschedule cannabis we will take it away from the cartels in Mexico, only to give it to the greedy pharmaceutical cartels in the USA. Ma and pa are still left out of the picture and people are still going to jail for weed.
My goal is to remove it from the controlled substances act COMPLETELY, or to end the controlled substances act all together with the National Initiative for Democracy: http://ni4d.us/
PLEASE DON’T GIVE THIS WONDERFUL HERB TO BIG PHARMA!
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This was what I was working on in 2009 (to reschedule)
This is a topic that has been a concern since we all protested the raid at CHANGE in Spokane in 2009.
According to the Washington voters that passed I-691 in 1998, a provider could provide medicine to one patient at any one time. But under Section 404 of SB 5073 that has changed, and a 15 day cooling off period is applied between patients.
The Washington code has read under RCW 69.51a.010 for 13 years about providers:
The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) “Designated provider” means a person who:
(a) Is eighteen years of age or older;
(b) Has been designated in writing by a patient to serve as a designated provider under this chapter;
(c) Is prohibited from consuming marijuana obtained for the personal, medical use of the patient for whom the individual is acting as designated provider; and
(d) Is the designated provider to only one patient at any one time.
After Change was busted in 2009, this became a concern for providers. We felt it was necessary for patients to be able to access medicine as soon as they got their recommend without having to wait for their garden or their provider’s garden to grow for 3-4 months before harvest was ready. Ill patients sometimes don’t even have 3 months, not yet can they wait even if they do. Their doctors has recommended cannabis to them because they are sick, and they should have immediate access to their medication. So we designed software to offer a time/date stamp so that providers can prove that they are only serving one patient at any one time. We paid a developer for a lot of modifications to an open source program called PHPPointOfSale, and it offers a database record, and a printed receipt with this time/date stamp on it, to help protect providers. You can see that software and even download and use it 100% free at: http://emeraldpos.com
NEW SECTION. Sec. 404. (1) A qualifying patient may revoke his or
21 her designation of a specific provider and designate a different
22 provider at any time. A revocation of designation must be in writing,
23 signed and dated. The protections of this chapter cease to apply to a 24 person who has served as a designated provider to a qualifying patient 25 seventy-two hours after receipt of that patient’s revocation of his or 26 her designation.
27 (2) A person may stop serving as a designated provider to a given
28 qualifying patient at any time. However, that person may not begin 29 serving as a designated provider to a different qualifying patient 30 until fifteen days have elapsed from the date the last qualifying 31 patient designated him or her to serve as a provider.
It has been a long week with the Scott Shupe trial in Spokane. Scott Shupe is a local hero for many, including myself who depended on Change after first moving back to the Spokane area, to obtain my much needed medication.
After getting to know Change, and seeing all of the activism and care that they are doing to help patients, my wife and I couldn’t sit back and not help, so we offered to make Change a website in trade for a small amount of meds. We gave Change a HUGE discount as we believe in what they were doing. Their message was important and we wanted to help get the word out.
It was obvious that there were not enough meds for the amount of patients who needed them, which prompted Change to find ways to help their patients get their meds. This is what I believe ultimately led to the compromised position that Change found themselves in with the police. But Change had done nothing more than try to help patients, and no one but the police were complaining.
In the year+ that would follow we intentionally lost contact with Change after seeing Chris Stevens on TV from jail saying “its all their fault” (his partners). I was very disappointed in this and it worried me terribly to see someone not accept responsibility for their own actions. I know Chris is not very stable in some ways, and I know that the prosecutors really treated Chris’s testimony to their fullest advantage. I am sickened by what I heard about the trial. They should have NEVER used Chris’s testimony!
I feel bad that I had to back off. But as a father with children I couldn’t take a chance that I would be at the wrong end of a gun, or God forbid my children be confronted with such a situation.
I regret not being closer to the situation, and lending more resources to help. Seeing what happened on Thursday where Scott Shupe was convicted of three felony charges. I thought to myself “We should have set up a defense fund for him or something”. Which I honestly think someone close to Scott should really consider about right now.
A day after Scott’s conviction it is being reported in the medical community that providers are getting their bank accounts seized, including and not limited to their business, but also their personal accounts. (Bank of America seems to be the main link here)
Montana and California have endured several raids from police and though no one seems to be going to jail, computers, patient’s records, cash and medicine are all being seized. It has been reported that they are even taking titles to vehicles. It seems that the DEA have been salivating over this for months, as they pounced instantly after the court decision here in Washington on people’s assets. No raids have taken place that we know of, but we expect the worst based on events all week in Spokane.
MISSOULA, Mont. — Medical cannabis advocates say a memo released from the U.S. Attorney’s office goes against the Department of Justice’s low-priority stance against medical cannabis. The memo was released in February and says the feds will target marijuana traffickers even if they’re doing it for medical purposes. http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/27244192/detail.html
On a side note, but a related note. The Washington politicians are getting “terribly worried” about Washington citizens passing a successful citizens initiative. Which they know will reduce their control over marijuana in Washington, including the control over patients.
I often get anecdotes from people “well even if you can’t die from marijuana, it does cause car accidents”.
I have to revisit this topic, because that anecdote leads to a good point.
To the best of my research less than a few dozen people died in car accidents while driving and high on marijuana.
But here are some facts to consider when thinking about the harm of marijuana.
1. Marijuana metabolites stays in your system for longer than 30 days after you have smoked it, yet the high only lasts for 2-3 hours if smoked.
2. Just because they were found with marijuana in their system, it doesn’t mean that they were high on marijuana and could have possibly been using prescription medication, alcohol, or other drugs. Alcohol is responsible for approximately 39% of all car accidents in the USA. Reference
3. Cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year. But I don’t hear many people complaining that cell phones should be illegal. Reference
4. Aspirin kills approximately 7500 people per year, and my youngest child can walk in to any store and buy aspirin without an ID or credentials. Reference
5. With marijuana you can not overdose, it’s scientifically impossible. Reference
Now I think people don’t like statistics because they can lean one way or the other depending on how someone puts the numbers together. I fully understand. Which is why I am giving personal testimonies from experts, see the links next to the 5 points above.
Also this is a video that I have shown in the past. This was a study done on a marijuana user while driving intoxicated and while driving sober.
Marijuana clearly didn’t impair his driving after a very large joint. Which would explain why so few people die in car accidents from being stoned.
Montel Williams speaks about the benefits of marijuana vs. very dangerous medication such as aspirin. Marijuana doesn’t kill anyone, aspirin can be sold to anyone and it kills roughly 7500 people a year in the USA. Well, Montel does a much better job than myself speaking about this, so I will leave it up to him here.
Montel Speaking about legalizing marijuana in New York