Washington Medical Marijuana
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For more information about Medical Marijuana in Washington please visit Washington's Medical Marijuana Information Site.
Washington Medical Marijuana was voted in by residents of Washington in 1998 and has been amended a few times since then. Two major aspects of the amendments were to make displaying any form of cannabis a misdemeanor, and to make falsification of registration documents a felony. In addition, any individuals simply in the vicinity of a patient's medical marijuana will not be prosecuted for possession.
Originally, Medical Marijuana Washington law was very vague as to acceptable possession quantities by allowing a patient or caregiver to possess up to a 60 day supply of medication. That has since been clarified to allow a patient or caregiver up to 24 ounces and 15 plants. If a patient or caregiver is found to be in possession in excess of those amounts, they are permitted to plead necessity as a defense. Caregivers are afforded the same protections under the law. However, caregivers may only provide medication for one patient at a time.
The acceptable conditions under Washington Medical Marijuana Law are:
News & Updates
Recently, California made the medical marijuana community proud by holding a Pot Expo, despite pressures from the federal government. The expo was considered a large success, partly due to the harsh atmosphere at the time.
Washington residents in Yakima Valley recently tried to hold a marijuana expo of their own, but were very disappointed by the results, which differed greatly from those in California. Despite event organizers’ attempts to do everything by the book, the state still found a way to prevent them from exercising their rights.
Medical marijuana patients living in Castle Rock, WA, received some great news this week as the City Council voted to approve interim zoning regulations in support of medical marijuana gardens. The gardens will allow patients to join together to grow large amounts of pot for medicinal use within the city.
While most cities in Washington state are rushing to shut down dispensaries--largely in part to recent federal pressure--Seattle is embracing these organizations.
Seattle's city council is considering allowing dispensaries and co-ops to operate, as long as they are licensed by the city. To Washington Medical Marijuana advocates, this is finally a step in the right direction. Across the state, many dispensaries have been raided and their operators facing federal prosecution in the earlier parts of 2011.
Four Washington Medical Marijuana dispensaries were hand delivered letters by local enforcement stating they are in violation of state law, and would need to immediately cease operations.
The four dispensaries operate within the city limits of Kent, Washington. In response, the dispensary owners and some of their patients packed the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 7 to protest these actions.
The approximately forty dispensaries that are currently operating in the Spokane, WA area have been ordered by Federal Authorities to immediately cease operations, or face federal prosecution. The demand was issued by the US Attorney's office on April 6th. And, while the US Attorney's office is hoping businesses voluntarily comply with the order, they are prepared to take swift action against those who do not. In contrast, Western Washington has similar businesses, yet no action has been demanded of dispensaries outside of the Spokane area.
Up until now, the Medical Marijuana Washington law was unclear in many areas. After a 29-20 approval by the State Senate, those gray areas could become more defined.
The alleged activities of a few in the Washington Medical Marijuana industry could hinder the progression of the Medical Marijuana community in Washington.