WA: PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries Become Qualifying Medical Cannabis Conditions on Friday

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WA: PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries Become Qualifying Medical Cannabis Conditions on Friday

Washington State’s Senate Bill 5052, which was signed by Governor Inslee in April and makes numerous changes to the state’s medical cannabis law,MedicalMarijuana_Shutterstock has a provision in it that adds post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries to the list of conditions that qualify an individual to become a medical cannabis patient. That provision takes effect this Friday, July 24th.

Although Senate Bill 5052 makes several regressive changes to the state’s medical cannabis law, including shutting down dispensaries and drastically reducing the amount of cannabis patients can possess and cultivate, adding PTSD and traumatic brain injuries to the list of medical cannabis conditions is one of the few positives brought forth by the measure.

Once Senate Bill 5052 takes full effect – which will be in July of next year – patients will be purchasing their medicine from the same outlets as recreational consumers. However, patients who join a state-ran patient database (which some attorneys have called entrapment, as cannabis is still illegal federally for all purposes) will be able to purchase cannabis tax free. They’ll also be authorized to cultivate cannabis at home, which non-patients can’t legally do.

A team of attorneys is currently working to have Senate Bill 5052 overturned; the group plans to file a series of lawsuits that would potentially place an injunction on the measure before it ever takes full effect.

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  • David
    July 23, 2015

    Hopefully the coming lawsuits will stop Washington politicians from forcing any more of it’s sick medical patients into their friends recreational stores.

  • David
    July 24, 2015

    I’m glad to see this. although I don’t give Olympia one ounce of credit for it. Call me cynical if you like, but Olympia only did this to snooker the citizens of Washington into believing that we still have a State medical marijuana law on the books.

    So what will Senator River’s tell her constituents in La Center Washington, when she returns home? I don’t think it matters because Sen River’s comes from a cannabis banned , La Center, WA. population 1998. Sen. Rivers, extremely cruel new anti-patient, prohibitionist insult to the sick merely provided cover for Washington States new cartel stores. She was told to get rid of medical patients because they are competition to the donor class’s investment. The day a sick Cancer patient is cruelly views as a “competitor” is the day I pack my bags and leave this awful place. Sen. River’s, sponsored this this dreadful Bill to re-ignite Washington’s drug war and it’s on-going war against all medical patients, not matter how ill which began with November 2012’s legalization vote which ironically resulted in a. renewal of Drug War era policies! Felonies! Asset forfeiture! FAILURE!

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