The State of Washington needs some pot advice. Specifically, how much marijuana constitutes a 60 day stash for medical use?
Washington’s current law, passed as a voter initiative in 1998, says folks with certain medical conditions may use marijuana to relieve pain and other problems, if their physicians approve.
A problem is that the law says patients may have a 60-day supply of marijuana, but it doesn’t define how much that would be, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Department of Health.
To define the 60-day supply and create the report, health officials are to consider research, the advice of experts, the best practices of other states and input from the public.
Here is how you can contribute:
- Come to one of our four public workshops to be held around the state in mid-September (watch the website for more details).
- E-mail us at MedicalMarijuana@doh.wa.gov
- Post your comment…. [on the web site]
- Send your comments to:
Department of Health
PO Box 47866
Olympia, WA 98504-7866
- Fax your comments to (360) 236-4768
But if you do offer your expert opinion, exercise a little discretion in what you reveal about yourself. After all, the federal government still considers it a heinous crime to possess or use pot…even for medical use. It is not clear that the Washington law provides any protection from federal prosecution whatsoever.
Do I sound paranoid? If so, it isn’t for the reason you think (not a user—never have been). The feds have not backed down on prosecution for production or use of marijuana for medical use. Most recently, concerns about federal prosecution of New Mexico state employees is slowing down implementation of that state’s medical marijuana laws:
Gov. Bill Richardson ordered the state Health Department on Friday to resume planning of a medical marijuana program despite the agency’s worries about possible federal prosecution.
However, the governor stopped short of committing to implement a state-licensed production and distribution system for the drug if the potential for federal prosecution remains unchanged.
The department announced earlier this week that it would not implement the law’s provisions for the agency to oversee the production and distribution of marijuana to eligible patients. That decision came after Attorney General Gary King warned that the department and its employees could face federal prosecution for implementing the law, which took effect in July.
So just keep in mind…your emails, faxes and such sent to the State will likely be available as public records….
More information about Washington’s medical marijuana law is available at here.
Update: Lee points out: It’s important to note that the only Democratic candidate who has not publicly stated that he/she will stop using the federal government to interfere with the state medical marijuana laws is Obama. He’s allegedly said it privately to people, but is not on the public record yet.
The bottom line is that if you want to stop the federal government from interfering with our laws, vote for the Democrats (or Ron Paul).