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Dr. Gil Mobley [Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Dr. Gil Mobley
[Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

I won’t even try to shine you on: Things look bad for medical marijuana patients in Washington state.

Voters, who were so ready for legalization when I-502 appeared on the ballot in 2012 that they voted for the measure without stressing on the details, are now seeing their vote for cannabis legalization being turned into a supposed mandate against the state’s medical marijuana system, which has been legal for almost 17 years. Patients who had come into the light, sometimes after years or even decades of being legally forced to hide their medicine, are now nonplussed by restrictive new rules eliminating medical dispensaries, along with sharply limiting plant counts and dry cannabis weighs.

The “legality” of medical marijuana in Washington, unfortunately, becomes more and more meaningless since the Washington State Liquor Control Board — renamed the Liquor and Cannabis Board as of July 24 — had its authority extended beyond recreational cannabis, as provided for in I-502, and was put in charge of medical marijuana as well, by the Legislature.

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Having had the chance to try the first iteration of the original VapeXhale Cloud vaporizer, it’s a pleasure to see the evolution that took place between that unit and its successor, the Cloud Evo. This is how a second generation should be done, with several noticeable improvements strengthening the design and functionality.

When it debuted last year, the Cloud Evo had become one of the most anticipated vaporizers ever. Its much-vaunted “all glass vapor path” (more about that in a moment) and connect-ability to custom water pipe attachments — dubbed “HydraTubes” in Evo-ese — are the stuff of Internet sensation.

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Who should control medical care: individuals or profit-focused corporations? [Occupy.com]

Who should control medical care: individuals or profit-focused corporations?
[Occupy.com]

By John Novak
Treasurer, The Viper’s Club

John Novak

John Novak, The Viper’s Club

It has been incorrectly argued by large corporate interests that no more than 150 or so varieties handled by one or two corporations will be enough for every condition. This argument is inaccurate as it clearly lacks the most basic horticultural knowledge of maintaining an expanding, dynamic gene pool. Access to stabilized varieties, especially heirloom and landrace, provides a large gene pool for horticulturists worldwide.

One real world sad example outside of cannabis is the Cavendish banana. Lack of genetic diversity has placed this kitchen favorite in a precarious position, and the danger posed to its continued existence by disease is well documented.

Patients rely on a large variety of varieties being made available because of the unique properties of each plant’s phytocannabinoids and terpene content. Not only is each variety different, but each plant is unique.

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By Kirk Ludden

In the 2013 Legislative session, the compassionate cannabis use community worked together with the Senate Health Care Committee for Substitute Senate Bill 5528. In the House, it a more compassionate bill in HB 2233.

So why in 2015 did they chose to pass the far more restrictive Senate Bill 5052?

Paid lobbyists from the I-502 businesses and “per diems” (campaign contributions) received from them pushed SB 5052 through the process. Suspending the rules in committees and on the floor allows Legislators to bypass how the process is supposed to work.

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[Washington State Wire]

[Washington State Wire]

By Kirk Ludden

Former Washington Governor Christine Gregoire in 2011 vetoed almost all the meaningful parts of a bill which would have regulated medical marijuana in the state. She claimed the feds would arrest state officials if she signed it.

In 1978, Washington state lawmakers passed legislation known as the “Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act” establishing a THC/cannabis research program within the Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

In 1998, voters overwhelmingly approved medical cannabis allowing for compassionate care creating RCW 69.51A.

On April 29, 2011, poor judgment and lack of leadership on the part of then-Governor Christine Gregoire led to the vetoing of regulation sections in E2SSB 5073 for medical cannabis. These sections would likely have given medicinal cannabis the legal protection it needed once I-502 passed.

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Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann knows what time it is.

Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann knows what time it is.

Legendary psychedelic rockers The Grateful Dead, never prone to do anything half-heartedly, went out in style this weekend with a series of three 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Drummer Bill Kreutzmann didn’t disappoint at Sunday’s final performance, sporting a pro-hemp message on his t-shirt, which pictured Uncle Sam with the words “I Want You To Grow Hemp.” Read Full Article →