This one would be one of those Letter to the Editor letters.
A few things before I copy, paste and go all italics on you. At the time of the writing I might have been confused about what bill was the biggest threat to the patient community. There were several, 2149, 6178 and 5887. As things progressed it was the 5887 headed to the Governor’s desk. But then the House killed it over a money squabble. Or so it would appear on the surface.
I’ll talk about that more over in the Prohibition category; in the next few days, I’ve chicken that’s been marinating for two days I intend to toss on the grill here in a few minutes.
So, anyway, here’s the letter that never meant shit because it was the wrong bill and everything died anyway (Washington State, mind you).
I’m writing in an attempt to bring a travesty in the making to the general public. That would be Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2149. I would ask citizens to contact their legislators and ask this proposal be tabled.
The legislators will tell you 2149 is an effort to abide by the memorandum released by the U.S. Attorney General’s office relating to both medicinal and recreational cannabis in participating states. In my opinion, that’s a half-truth. The whole truth is the Legislature is attempting to monopolize cannabis in an effort to maximize market share: taxes.
The prevailing angle seems to be, with the passing of I-502 the medicinal cannabis laws can be made so onerous, making it near impossible for an individual to receive a medicinal recommendation or support them self with one, because anyone over 21 years of age will be able to purchase cannabis from a licensed retailer.
Whether it’s ignorance or greed driving this bill, the end result will be the same: people will suffer and folks in obscurity, who’ve been providing for their own medicinal needs for years under the law, will become criminals. I know this to be true, as a military veteran and ‘patient.’