Governor Gregoire vetos the protections that patients used to have, by keeping the negative parts (SB 5073)

The end result of what so many so-called activists were supporting in Washington in regards to SB 5073 is that now patients have less rights than they had under RCW 69.51a.

For 13 years doctors have had exclusive exemptions in state law in regards to recommending medical cannabis to patients in Washington.

“((A health care professional shall be excepted from the state’s
25 criminal laws and shall not be penalized in any manner, or denied any
26 right or privilege, for….))”

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=69.51A.030

SB 5073 the WHOLE time has removed that exclusivity by crossing out the above section.
There has not been a moment in this whole process where it wasn’t crossed out under the proposed SB 5073.

“((A health care professional shall be excepted from the state’s
25 criminal laws and shall not be penalized in any manner, or denied any
26 right or privilege, for))”

Now that is gone, as well as many patient’s rights.

Gov Gregoire approved the negative parts and vetoed the parts of the bill that benefited patients, including the patient registry and the official validation of dispensaries.

You can see what I have been saying to NORML about this in the following video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOrA-cMMp_Q

To me it was obvious that the governor would take this approach because she said the same things about the state employees vs. federal law back in 2008 under SB 5615.   I am not at all surprised that she used the same excuse this time.
What I am surprised about, is that very few people in WA seem to remember that fiasco from 3 years ago.

Well it’s all said and done.  Patients just got screwed in Washington state.   I hope all of the supporters of SB 5073 are very proud of themselves still.

I posted my final video commentary on the whole issue tonight on facebook:
See this group:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_170109439703404

I am done supporting marijuana bills, as they always seem to screw patients.

If you want to see how this progressed, I have tried to keep up to date commentary on this from the beginning.

Click here for a list of blog posts and videos about SB 5073:

http://xcannabis.com/?s=5073&x=0&y=0&=Go

I am going to be giving MORE support to the National Initiative for Democracy.

We changed our beneficiary from NORML to the NI4D on our facebook group too.
Last year we raised $96 for the NORML Womens Alliance with this group.
http://cancer.xcannabis.com
This year we are working on fund raising for the National Initiative for Democracy.
http://vote.org

With the NI4D, we can vote on federal law, and thus end the controlled substances act nation wide.

Blessings to everyone!   Stand up for your rights!   Don’t trust others to do it for you!
It’s your freedom, fight for it!

Other articles about this today:

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/spincontrol/2011/apr/29/medical-marijuana-bill-mostly-vetoed/

http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/04/governor_fails_to_lead_on_medical_marijuana_vetoes.php

Washington SB 5073 Partial Veto Letter


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