"...until his medicine and the patients of this state are truly protected"
Initiative Measure Number 1372 is intended to "protect and strengthen the medical cannabis law, RCW 69.51A" Read about Kirk Ludden and why he will not stop until his Initiative is passed.
"Even though many say that the only way to get an initiative to the ballot is through funding, this hasn’t stopped the sponsor of I-1372. Kirk Ludden is a medical cannabis patient who says that cannabis — the whole plant — has saved his life as well as his health care costs."
This initiative to the People will protect and strengthen the medical cannabis law, RCW 69.51A, by offering compassion, clarity and consistency through the following changes:
- Bringing Washington state law into compliance with stated federal policy
- Allowing business owners to obtain licenses for producing, processing or dispensing cannabis in a commercial manner.
- Using the language from ESSB 5073, specifying cannabis for medical use licensing, allowing producers and processors to deliver cannabis to any cannabis for medical use licensee, and allowing the botanical herb tax exemption on cannabis for medical use.
- Creating and empowering the cannabis for medical use board, made up of the state and the community, to govern all aspects of the market. Through licensing and regulation fees, revenue is generated for the board to regulate the not-for-profit cannabis for medical use market while remaining revenue neutral.
- Maintaining small, private residential gardens and patient cooperatives that do not violate the spirit or intent of law. As well as protecting existing cannabis farmer's markets serving qualifying patients.
- Restoring reciprocity for non-residents and other protections passed by the Legislature in ESSB 5073.
- Removing any instances of partially vetoed language. Reinstating essential definitions including cannabis, cannabis products, plant, etc., and correcting the spelling error of “useable”.
- Adding Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury to the list of qualifying conditions, as well as addresses suitability of organ transplants to ensure that medical use of cannabis can no longer be the sole disqualification for treatment.
- Extending the same criminal and civil protections to qualifying patients that prescription drug patients receive.
- Limiting housing discrimination for the medical use of cannabis.
- Restricting employment-related cannabis testing for qualifying patients.
- Requiring video proof of impairment for qualifying patients.
- Adding in protection to qualifying patients under 18 years of age, patients, legal guardians, and their designated providers.
- Expanding the tetrahydrocannabinoidols controlled substance exemption to health care professionals, qualifying patients, designated providers, collective gardens, cannabis for medical use licensees, licensed testing facilities.
- Limiting cooperation with federal investigations of authorized medical use of cannabis activities.
Read more about the initiative here.