The effort of legislators to smooth out the tangled mess of medical cannabis that began in 1998 is laudable up to a point. They lose validity when they try to install a registry of cannabis patients at the same time as they turn delivery and distribution of our medicine over to the Liquor Control Board.
If that element stays in the bills currently under consideration in Olympia, there will be hell to pay. Make me register to obtain my medicine and you open another can of worms you won’t like. Make me register to get my medicine at a liquor store, and I’ll insist you immediately enact legislation to register alcohol sales as well.
These guys just don’t get it. This is medicine. It’s not equal to, similar with, or remotely related to the consumption of alcohol.
We need relief from the insane rules stuffed into federal law 70 years ago. We need clarity for growers, curing and packaging operations, decent provisions in locating and operating stores staffed by people who understand this reality. I will not agree to register so I can buy medicine from alcohol peddlers.
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Regulation of our budding industry is necessary, but registrations weren’t necessary when my doctor prescribed other pharmaceuticals. They are not necessary to alleviate the discomfort and horror current actions DEA, an overzealous bunch of bullies with badges, is causing.
Shut the door on that and you will have a much easier time resolving this problem.