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Home grow & sharing bill

HB 1212 Ÿ ŸLegalizes transfers of specified quantities of marijuana products between adults provided the transfer does not involve the exchange of money or other valuable consideration.  Legalizes the home cultivation of up to six recreational marijuana plants, subject to specified conditions. Legalizes the residential possession of up to 24 ounces of useable marijuana harvested from plants lawfully grown in the residence, subject to specified conditions. Ÿ Revises and restructures the penalties for criminal offenses related to the possession of marijuana products and marijuana plants.

You can read the full text of the bill HERE

Baby cannabis plant in a flower pot

While the bill does not allow as many plants at HB 1092, which allows up to 12 presuming there are 2 adults over 21 in the household, it does allow the ability to share your cannabis which is vital to the medical cannabis community.

It’s silly that I can’t buy my sister cannabis for her birthday or simply pick some up for her while I’m at the store.  Liquor, which I do not like comparing cannabis to, but since it’s ran by the same state department I will, is given freely as a gift to adults 21 and over.  Why are we not allowing cannabis to flourish in the same manor?

HB 1212 has been scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming on January 26 at 9:00 AM.  I believe it’s in the O’Brien Building.  It’s important that people show up ready to be respectful and thoughtful.   

Remember to show up early!  Parking is a pain.  You also need to sign up at the kiosk at the west entrance so that they know you came to  hear this bill and that you support it!  This step is important!  It shows them how many people showed up in support of the bill.

While you’re there, why not set an appointment with your representatives to let them know you support HB 1212  You can find your legislator’s info HERE  Just click on their name & it will bring up their contact information.

Can’t come to Olympia?  That’s ok you can read & comment on the bill HERE

The comment button is on the right side of the page, in the dark green bar, “Comment on this bill”. 

Be sure and send your comments to both of your House Representatives & your Senator.  Ask for a reply back.  This is a great way to start dialogue with your Legislators and forces them to acknowledge receipt of favorable comments on the bill.

Thank you!!!

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End job discrimination against medical cannabis patients

HB 1094 Revises the medical use of cannabis act to prohibit an employer from refusing to hire a qualifying patient, discharging or barring a qualifying patient from employment, or discriminating  against a qualifying patient in compensation or other terms and conditions of employment because of the qualifying patient’s: (1) Status as a qualifying patient; or (2) Positive drug test for marijuana components or metabolites.

You can read the full text of the bill HERE

Break throughs in medical cannabis are happening continually.  Nationally 42 states have lifted cannabis prohibition at some level.  8 have legalized, 3 have decriminalized, 10 have medical with CBD only, & 21 have full medical with THC & CBD.  The public, especially mothers, are becoming more aware of the medical benefits of cannabis.

A pretty middle aged woman looking upwards.

Take the medicine type away for a moment.  Should anyone face job discrimination due to their medical needs?  We have laws to protect the privacy of our health needs.  Why would we allow this to happen to medical cannabis patients?  Why would we treat them differently than everyone else?

Washington needs to continue to be a thought leader in how we treat health care & the well fare of our citizens.  Please support this bill as it is a step towards assuring we have fair & balanced practices for our the sick in our state and helps end discrimination against medical cannabis patients

This bill has its first hearing on Thursday January 26 at 8:00 AM in the O’Brien Building.  It’s important that people show up ready to be respectful and thoughtful.   

Remember to show up early!  Parking is a pain.  You also need to sign up at the kiosk at the west entrance so that they know you came to hear this bill and that you support it!  This step is important!  It shows them how many people showed up in support of the bill.

While you’re there, why not set an appointment with your representatives to let them know you support HB 1094  You can find your legislator’s info HERE  Just click on their name & it will bring up their contact information.

Can’t come to Olympia?  That’s ok you can read & comment on the bill HEREolympia january

The comment button is on the right side of the page, in the dark green bar, “Comment on this bill”. 

Be sure and send your comments to both of your House Representatives & your Senator.  Ask for a reply back.  This is a great way to start dialogue with your Legislators and forces them to acknowledge receipt of favorable comments on the bill.

Thank you!!!

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Want to grow cannabis in your home? Hearing Jan 23!

HB 1092  Allows the possession of no more than six cannabis plants and up to twenty-four ounces of usable cannabis harvested from lawfully grown plants if the person in possession is at least twenty-one years old.   It also allows the possession of no more than twelve cannabis plants and forty-eight ounces of usable cannabis, in the aggregate, by the adult residents of a single housing unit, regardless of the number of persons who are at least twenty-one years old residing in the housing unit.  

One marijuana plant in four growing phase

Of the eight states that have legalized cannabis for recreational sales, all allow personal cultivation – except for Washington!  We need to catch up!  

The House Committee on Commerce & Gaming has scheduled a public hearing on Monday January 23 at 1:30 PM in the O’Brien Building.    It’s important that people show up ready to be respectful and thoughtful.  

Baby cannabis plant in a flower pot

Baby cannabis plant in a flower pot

 

Remember to show up early!  Parking is a pain.  You also need to sign up at the kiosk at the west entrance so that they know you came to hear this bill and that you support it!  This step is important!  It shows them how many people showed up in support of the bill.  

IMG_20150122_155657While you’re there, why not set an appointment with your representatives to let them know you support HB 1092.  You can find your legislator’s info HERE  Just click on their name & it will bring up their contact information.

Can’t come to Olympia?  That’s ok you can read & comment on the bill HERE

The comment button is on the right side of the page, in the dark green bar, “Comment on this bill”. 

Be sure and send your comments to both of your House Representatives & your Senator.  Ask for a reply back.  This is a great way to start dialogue with your Legislators and forces them to acknowledge receipt of favorable comments on the bill.

It’s now time Washington.   If we as individuals do not stand up for what we need from our legislators we will never get it!  Please attend the hearing & comment on the bill!   Share this blog to get the word out! 

It’s time to grow!

marijuana bush on a background of the cloudy sky at sunset

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Children who are medical cannabis patients take one step forward in Washington State today

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HB 1060 Requires a school district to permit a student who meets certain requirements to consume marijuana for medical purposes on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or while attending a school-sponsored event. Requires the board of directors of a school district to adopt a policy that authorizes parents, guardians, and primary caregivers to administer marijuana to a student for medical purposes while the student is on school grounds, aboard a school bus, or attending a school-sponsored event.

You can read & comment on the bill HERE

hb 1060 aThe Health & Wellness Committee held a hearing for HB 1060 on Tuesday January 17.  Most testimony was in support.  The opposition seems to be the school’s not wanting to touch something that is federally illegal.  Well, as I others pointed out, our entire legalization system is in opposition to federal law so if they can figure out a way around federal law to garner tax revenue, they can find a way around it for the most vulnerable in our society, our sick children.

Ducky’s Bill founder, River’s father testified first about how his daughter was highly capable prior to developing seizures during kindergarten.  Like most parents of children who are medical patients, once the pharmaceuticals had failed & taken their toll turned to medical cannabis which has greatly increased his daughters capability to learn and redevelop skills she had lost.15977707_10211563662507920_1218686030740493248_n

Maddie’s Law founder, Megan Holt’s testimony made not only the audience but members of the committee tear up.  How can you not hear the struggle these parents have gone through and not want to see them and their children succeed!

As one person testifying put it, the quality of these children’s lives is in your [the legislature’s] hands!

The Principles Association had the awesome answer.  Let the nurses dispense it instead of having parents come on site and doing so.   They opposed parents dispensing medicine on site but not the type of medicine. As the gentleman statesd, since it is medicine, why not treat it like all the other medicines!  How about that!  Someone with common sense and a no nonsense approach that would immediately resolve the issue.  Let the nurses dispense it like they do every other medication children require during the school day! olympia january

Oh no, hold on there a minute, the next person up is about to challenge that!  How can we expect school nurses to dispense a schedule 1 narcotic that federally has no medical value at all?  They’d have to like, dispense a cookie, or a gel cap, to a child.  How could we possibly have such a thing happen!  Surely our federal aid would be pulled!

I get it.  Trump is one scary SOB but come on!  I just can’t buy the federal boogie man argument when they are all more than happy to reap the benefits of the tax revenue.

There are currently 57 children in the medical cannabis registry that face varying challenges with the public school system due to the lack of guidelines for dispensing their medicine.

Let’s hope HB 1060 passes out of committee.  I will keep you posted!!

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