I have been documenting all of the proposed changes to Washington state law regarding marijuana over the past 18 months.
We have saw a lot of promises, and a lot of tales of amazing progress to be made.
In the end Washington cannabis consumers always get let down.
With SB 5073 there were several promises and several groups painted pictures of how the legal landscape will be brighter and happier after these things passed.
- In SB 5073 we were promised that patients will have “rights” rather than an affirmative defense
- In SB 5073 we were promised legal dispensaries
- In SB 5073 we were promised a new legitimized cannabis friendly state
In the end
- We got the provision that most providers used “one patient at any given time” removed from current law
(reference Section 404 of SB 5073) This hurts providers who are helping patients
- We got absolutely no new provisions for dispensaries, and dispensaries still remain illegal under state law
- Patient and doctor relationships became more complicated as there are now restrictions and penalties for doctors for recommending cannabis, where as doctors were completely excluded from legal penalties;
ref: The effects of Section 301 from my point of view (SB 5073)
- After all of the propaganda and promotion of these bad laws by NORML and the ACLU, patients are in more danger than ever before
These are some videos that I made on SB 5073:
WA NORML Kevin Oliver, Alison Holcomb and Russ Belville from NORML on SB 5073
What doctors and patients say about SB 5073 in Washington in regards to Medical Cannabis
x Cannabis updates (Washington) 3/31/11 SB5073 and I-1149 updates
Washington SB 5073, HB 1550 Senate and legislature comments
- NAW aka the ACLU is proposing dispensaries again, and new DUID laws.
Stoners Against Legalization OR Voters Against NEW Prohibitions
Posted on 09 July 2011 by Reverend Ryan
I502 Presentation Seattle Channel – Washington Legalization Initiative – or is it?
All that I posted were these two videos:
So I say:
Friar Ryan As for me being an out of state activist as you call it. I spent 13 years more time in Washington than Russ Belville has, I paid taxes there this year, and I raised my kids there. Many of my friends and family still live there, and I return often. Go complain about “out of state activists” who are not stake holders in WA laws.”
This is all after trying to make peace with NORML, and starting a new monthly donation of $4.20. Which is small I know, I don’t have a lot of money. But over the last 4 years I have donated over $600 to NORML, and I have tried to support them. But I do not support this type of behavior.