SB 5073 hearing a step back in medical cannabis for WA
I have heard for months that “this is the best thing to happen to patients in WA” (Radical Russ), I went to a CDC/WCA meeting with Phillip Dawdy who was working as a lobbyist and trying to be friend to both the Senators and the patients involved in this situation (at the cost of $5000 per membership) who presented this legislation as a good thing for patients with many additional protections provided above and beyond what is currently in state law RCW 69.51a.
Here is the facts (please watch the hearing at the bottom of this page)
With HB 5073
#1. Doctors will be facing disciplinary consequences including losing their license if they are deemed as recommending cannabis to “too many patients” (not clearly defined as to what is “too many”). (Section 301 Amendment 2)
#2. There can not be cannabis specialists, places like THCF and CBR will NOT be allowed (Ref: 5073 S2 AMS CARD 070, 5073-S2 AMS CARR S1945)
#3. Designated providers have a 15 day cooling off period between patients and must be registered with many state agencies and a state registry. (5073-S2 AMS PARL BUCK 423, 5073-S2 AMS PARL S2041, 5073-S2 AMS SHED BUCK 420)
#4. Designated providers may not have more than 3 patients at any time, and current limits of 15 plants per patient and 24 oz of usable cannabis are strictly enforced (Section 401 Amendment 2, Section 403 Amendment 2, )
#5. Dispensaries are allowed, on a limited basis (which is not defined) and must be registered with many state agencies and the state registry. ( 5073-S2 AMS HONE S2037, 5073-S2 AMS KOHL BUCK 422)
#6. Patients may register with a state registry that affords them arrest protection. (5073-S2 AMS PARL BUCK 423, 5073-S2 AMS PARL S2041, 5073-S2 AMS SHED BUCK 420)
#7. Dispensaries MUST be non-profit (5073-S2 AMS SHED BUCK 421)
WHAT OTHER MEDICINE IS TREATED THIS POORLY?