New Bill Targets Medical Pot
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New Bill Targets Medical Pot
Posted by CN Staff on May 12, 2011 at 14:10:45 PT
By Jim Camden, The Spokesman-Review 
Source: Spokesman-Review
Olympia, WA -- With a Senate panel considering a new rewrite of the state’s medical marijuana laws, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she’ll push to get the federal government to change its laws and make the drug legal to treat some conditions.The newest attempt to regulate some aspects of medical marijuana had few supporters for its Wednesday debut in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Its sponsor, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Wells, D-Seattle, conceded it was drafted in a hurry and needed revision.
Steve Sarich of CannaCare, which operates medical marijuana clinics and dispensaries, said if the goal was to provide clarity, allowing each city and county to set limits on the drug won’t do that: “You guys are creating chaos if you pass this measure.”Don Pierce, of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, said his organization supports the bill’s plans for a voluntary registry that would shield medical marijuana patients from arrest but remains opposed to marijuana dispensaries.Valtino Hicks, a Yakima patient who was acquitted of drug distribution charges, said the bill would do nothing to rein in police intent on prosecuting dispensaries. “We already have a problem with overzealous cops.”Bill Will, of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, argued a provision to ban advertising by dispensaries was unconstitutional: “The last thing (the law) needs is a First Amendment challenge.” Several witnesses suggested the state pass a law declaring marijuana to be a Schedule 2 or 3 drug, allowing it to be dispensed at a pharmacy, rather than a Schedule 1 drug, which makes it illegal for all uses. Sen. Karen Kaiser, D-Kent, said she introduced a bill Wednesday to do that in Washington. But Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee, who is a pharmacist, said the federal government would have to make that change or pharmacies would continue to regard marijuana as an illegal drug.When Gregoire was asked about the new attempts to regulate medical marijuana Wednesday afternoon, she said she didn’t think any of them had the approval of both parties’ leaders in both chambers to get a vote in the special session. But she said she would be talking with the governors of the 15 states that have legalized medical marijuana about seeking a change in federal classification of the drug.But such a change would take studies by the Food and Drug Administration and the Health and Human Services Department, she said. “It isn’t going to happen any time soon.”Source: Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)Author: Jim Camden, The Spokesman-Review Published: May 12, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Spokesman-ReviewContact: editor spokesman.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 13, 2011 at 12:09:42 PT
Obama Never Promised You a Pot Garden
May 13 - 15, 2011Drug-policy-reform advocates are complaining bitterly that they have been double-crossed by Barack Obama. "What's Behind the Obama Administration's About Face Regarding Medical Marijuana?" asked Paul Armentano of NORML in the Huffington Post May 5. "Obama's Sudden, Senseless Assault on Medical Marijuana," was the headline on a piece by Scott Morgan, associate editor of According to Morgan, "Recent months have brought about what can only be described as the rapid collapse of the Obama Administration's support for medical marijuana." This is way wrong. There is nothing "sudden" or unprecedented about the DEA raids and other oppressive measures emanating from the Department of Justice. And neither Obama nor the DOJ ever expressed unambiguous support for medical marijuana. It was the reform honchos themselves who misread and misrepresented Administration policy. How could they? And why did they?URL:
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