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AG: Cannabis same as marijuana, some doctor’s orders still in effect

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on July 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm with 7 Comments »
July 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Cannabis is the same thing as marijuana, the attorney general’s office says.

While most everybody watching the legislative debate knew that the words were used interchangeably, activist Steve Sarich was worried. When state law takes effect requiring a medical authorization for cannabis, Sarich argues patients with an authorization for marijuana might be out of luck.

According to state lawyers, some of them might be.

Authorization cards issued prior to June 10, 2010 are still legal, an attorney in Rob McKenna’s office argued in a legal brief filed last week in response to Sarich’s lawsuit that aims to stop the law from taking effect.

But more recent patients may need to get a new stamp of approval.

The terms ‘marijuana’ and ‘cannabis’ are synonymous. … Therefore, valid documentation, as defined in Wash. Rev. Code 69.51A.010, obtained prior to June 10, 2010, remains valid after July 22, 2011. It is possible that documentation obtained on June 10, 2010, and thereafter will need to comply with the requirements of E2SSB 5073, beginning July 22, 2011, to successfully assert the affirmative defense” against prosecution.

Here’s a copy of an authorization card.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. s_tacoma_grouch says:

    Until Federal Laws have been changed the sale and/or use of marijuana/cannabis is not legal in the United States. Those who break the laws of our nation must suffer be ready for htier pushiment as allowed under the law.

  2. What is htier punishment????????

  3. bruce bessler says:

    and thus the Feds should be eliminated.

  4. saywhat253 says:

    these old farts will die off and we will all be laughing about it sooner then later we all will be getting high! LEGALIZE IT ALREADY!

  5. dbreneman says:

    Damn bootleggers! Running their stills! We should throw everyone who drinks a drop of alcohol in Alcatraz! Respect the law!!

    Oh, wait…

  6. Supporter says:

    I’ll make sure to tell my wife who is dying of Stage 4 liver cancer that she is a criminal. She’s lost 65lbs because of her cancer and chemo. But by all means let’s uphold this ludicrous law.

    After all look at all the good it has done:

    Mexican Mafia loves it, it really encourages their violence and crime.
    Young offenders become hardened criminals
    Lost revenue from taxation that hasn’t taken place

    The violence of prohibition taught us nothing I see.

  7. Jillian Galloway says:

    On June 17, 1971, President Nixon told Congress that “if we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely destroy us.” After forty years of trying to destroy “the drug menace in America” we still *haven’t* been able to destroy it and it still *hasn’t* destroyed us. Four decades is long enough to realize that on this important issue, President Nixon was wrong! All actions taken as a result of his invalid and paranoid assumptions (e.g. the federal marijuana prohibition) should be ended immediately!

    It makes no sense for taxpayers to fund the federal marijuana prohibition when it *doesn’t* prevent people from using marijuana and it *does* incite the awful violence that we read about in the news every day by making criminals incredibly wealthy and providing the Mexican drug cartels with a reason to murder thousands of people every year. While it’s one thing to try to discourage the smoking of marijuana, it’s quite another thing to cause thousands of brutal deaths and arrest 800,000 people a year for doing nothing more than possessing the dried flowers of a plant!

    We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales – to keep drug dealer criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana must be made legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.

    “There’s something extraordinarily perverse when we’re so concerned about preventing addicts from having access to drugs that we destroy the lives of many times more people, either through untreated pain or other drug war damage”.

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