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Cannabis or marijuana? Lawsuit filed to stop medical pot changes

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 28, 2011 at 11:45 am with 6 Comments »
June 28, 2011 11:33 am

A medical-marijuana grower and activist has filed a lawsuit to stop a new state law from taking effect.

The Legislature this year approved a major expansion of the voter-passed 1998 law on medical marijuana. But Gov. Chris Gregoire carved it up over concerns that it put state workers at risk of prosecution. The pieces of the law that survived will take effect July 22.

SB 5073 includes a rebranding: references to “marijuana” are changed to “cannabis.”

Steve Sarich, of North Bend, says the law leaves it unclear what happens now to patients with marijuana authorizations from a medical provider. Do they have to go out and get a cannabis authorization?

Sarich first tried to kill the law via a referendum. He has ditched that idea and filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court, saying:

Tens of thousands of Washington State citizens will be entrapped by less charitable jurisdictions which will no doubt take advantage of the vagueness of the Washington State Medical Cannabis Act’s lack of clear guidance on the issue of whether the current authorizations would be valid under the new Act.

The law is so vague as to be unconstitutional, Sarich alleges. Courts have ruled that laws must be clear to avoid violating due process protections.

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  1. Not only that but instead calling it a “drug”, why don’t we call it an “herb”? Oregano is referred as an herb. Sage is defind as an herb, and you can smoke them too & get buzzed. Dontt try this at home or any one’s else’s house. I’m told it’s nasty.

  2. I was told in the 60s that catnip would get you high if you smoked it,but it doesn’t.

  3. steilacoomtaxpayer says:

    “Electric Banana” was a hit song, it didn’t work either. Give up, Steve S, it’s dope and not a treatment, not in any formulary (look that up for yourself), your legitimate Dr won’t prescribe it because it is illegal + no one really knows what’s in a given sample. Dopes do smoke dope.

  4. Steilacoomtaxpayer: The reason that it’s not in any treatment is because is is considered a class 1 drug, more dangerous than heroin! Because of that rating, labs can’t conduct testing to prove what most of us born in the ’50 know; there is no danger to pot! Get your *&*^ together and pull your head out of the dark hole it’s in!

  5. notSpicoli says:

    Jake, while I may agree that Seilacoomtaxpayer is generally misinformed about anything to do with marijuana, in this case you are confused. Schedule 1 has nothing to do with danger. It means that it is considered to have no medical use and high potential for abuse.

  6. I hear they call marijuana butts “roaches” because they look like cockroaches. Just kiddin’. It’s a political decision more than a medical one anyway. Seems pretty odd that there isn’t a “medical use” when it is so well documented in treating cancer patients nausea & appetite stimulation.

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