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November 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM
The Washington state Liquor Control Board announced it will hold a hearing on Nov. 13 to take public testimony on proposed changes to the state’s medical marijuana system.
The hearing is scheduled for the Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University , 5300 Pacific Ave., Lacey, WA 98503.
The draft recommendations on which the Board will take comment cover eight categories that include possession amounts, medical marijuana authorizing requirements, taxation and other topics.
The Board will present final recommendations to the Legislature by Jan. 1, 2014. It continues to take written testimony at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event agenda is posted on the Board website at www.liq.wa.gov. For more information about the current state of medical marijuana, please visit the WSLCB website or the Department of Health website at www.doh.wa.gov.
October 15, 2013 at 6:03 PM
We wouldn’t believe this report if it weren’t posted to the official Seattle police website.
A 21-year-old led police on a chase in South Seattle during which he wrecked two vehicles (aside from his own), fought a martial-arts instructor and was arrested after he was found hiding in a medical-marijuana grow.
It started off simply enough: An officer saw a 21-year-old man and his 18-year-old female passenger driving in South Seattle with no license plate around 2 p.m. The officer flashed his lights for the man to pull over.
Instead of stopping, the car sped through a red light at the intersection of Seward Park Avenue and Rainier Avenue South, hitting two other vehicles. No one was injured in the crash.
The suspect’s car “rolled down the street for several hundred feet,” the report said, and when it stopped, the man and woman jumped out and made a run for it. The officer caught the woman, but the man ran away down Rainier Avenue.
With us so far? Great. Now this: A martial-arts instructor who happened to be walking down the street saw the man running and threw an “outside crescent kick” to the suspect’s leg, knocking him down.
He and another bystander had the suspect pinned to the ground when yet another unidentified man pushed them off the suspect and helped him escape.
From there, the suspect ran inside a building — one that turned out to be housing a medical-marijuana grow.
Officers descended on the building and found the suspect, along with jewelry, wallets, mail and cash they say he stole. They found a gun and several iPads in the crashed car.
Police went to the address of the mail — which matched information in one of the wallets — and found a family who had come home and discovered their house had been broken into. Several iPads and a wallet were missing.
The 21-year-old man was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run, felony eluding and unlawful possession of a firearm, the report said. He’s also being investigated for burglary. The 18-year-old woman who was with him was released, the report said.
June 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM
Here’s something that should soothe medical-marijuana patients: State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said she plans to fix medical-marijuana laws in the Legislature next year.
Many patients are nervous about the fate of the largely unregulated, lightly taxed medical system when the state’s new recreational pot stores open next year.
State officials have said they see medical pot undercutting the new recreational system and the tax revenues they expect it to produce. Some have also claimed most patients are actually recreational users.
Kohl-Welles’ credentials should make patients more comfortable about their future.
“She has been the godmother of medical cannabis in the state of Washington. She’s the perfect person to help us sort this out,” said Greta Carter, a medical-marijuana activist and founder of the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics.
Kohl-Welles has been the premier advocate for medical marijuana in the state Legislature since the mid-1990s. She saw firsthand, she has said, the relief medical marijuana brought a friend and relative who both eventually died from cancer. She sponsored a bill in 2011 that would have more strictly regulated the medical system, but then-Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed the bill because of concerns about the federal government’s prohibition of all marijuana.
“Although we have made steady progress on establishing a safe, reliable system for procuring medical cannabis, several areas need clarification, such as age limits, taxation of medical marijuana, collective gardens and regulation of health care providers,” Kohl-Welles said in a statement. “I intend to use the 2014 legislative session to make sure the system serves patients and also works within the context of the emerging landscape under I-502 implementation.”
June 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM
The state Department of Health has suspended the license of another naturopathic physician for improperly writing medical marijuana authorizations.
The physician, Yuel Luncheon Boyce, agreed to a two-year suspension and must pay a $5,000 fine before reinstatement. If reinstated, Boyce would be prohibited from authorizing medical marijuana, according to state health officials.
Boyce examined three patients within 30 minutes and did not require their medical records. The state said that was not appropriate care.
The three patients were undercover police officers, according to state records. After receiving cash payments, Boyce gave the patients pot-infused peanut butter cups.
The state initially suspended the license of Shoreline-based Boyce in October, when it issued a statement of charges. The announcement today is the result of a recent settlement with Boyce, said a Department of Health spokesman.
Boyce’s case marks the third such license suspension for medical marijuana authorizations.
The first two resulted from a 2011 story by Seattle Times reporter Jonathan Martin, who received a medical authorization at Hempfest after an 11-minute consultation without his medical records.
The license of Carolyn Bearss was suspended in November for what health officials called “assembly line” service amounting to a authorization mill at Hempfest. In April the state suspended the license of Dimitrios Magiasis for similar reasons.
Bearss’ suspension was for two years with a $50,000 fine. Magiasis was slapped with a six-month suspension and a $5,000 fine.
January 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Weather: It’s nice now, but rain is expected later. Perfect couch weather — for reading the paper or watching the Seahawks this afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. The forecast.
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What can Washington learn from Colorado about pot? Washington state is about to start writing the rules for how marijuana can be legally grown and sold. Reporter Jonathan Martin and photographer Alan Berner traveled to Denver to look at Colorado’s highly regulated, $200 million medical marijuana industry, figuring rulemakers for Washington’s new social-use market will consider what has been learned there. Martin writes: “If as expected, follows Colorado’s experiment, our state regulators will be investigating entrepreneurs’ finances for links to organized crime and keeping steady watch over leakage to the black market — even as they allow warehouses of weed.”
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November 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM
The Oregonian had a provocative story this weekend about a mother who gives her 7-year-old daughter medical marijuana to quell effects of the girl’s chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. The mother says marijuana is a wonder drug for the girl; her dad called Child Protective Services.
Like Oregon, Washington has no age limit for medical marijuana. Unlike Oregon, Washington doesn’t have a patient registry, so there’s no telling how many kids here hold a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana. (In Oregon, there are 52.)
I’ve privately heard about a few parents who agonize, then choose to give their kid medical marijuana to treat severe illnesses (they’ve also opted to not go public, to protect their kid, and, I suspect, themselves from mommy-shaming). The few public stories about parents giving medical marijuana to their kids — such as this father in Yakima who ended up facing felony charges — aren’t flattering.
What a miserable choice: Give your child a medicine that has been linked to slower brain development in adolescent users (and suffer the condemnation)? Or withhold a treatment you believe may ease your child’s suffering?
October 31, 2012 at 6:33 PM
The state has suspended the license of Yuel Luncheon Boyce, a naturopathic physician with practices in Whatcom and King counties, who has been charged with using his license to sell marijuana.
The Board of Naturopathy and the Washington State Department of Health allege that Boyce authorized patients to use medical marijuana without providing care or treatment, and that he provided marijuana products, including peanut butter cups infused with marijuana, after being given cash payments.
In its statement of charges, the board said Boyce failed to determine whether patients were qualified under state law to use medical marijuana. The board said Boyce used his license “in order to profit from patients seeking medical authorizations without actually providing naturopathic care or treatment,” and to distribute marijuana products.
Boyce, who was licensed in the state in 2010, has 20 days to request a hearing with the board, and may not practice until charges are resolved.
October 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Join reporters Jonathan Martin and Maureen O’Hagan for a chat at noon Tuesday to discuss their recent stories on the growth of largely unregulated medical marijuana dispensaries and “medibles,” cannabis-infused food and drink. They will also be discussing the legalization of marijuana Initiative 502.
- Sunday’s story: Medical marijuana: ‘Medibles’ industry thrives, lacks safety regulations
- Monday’s story: Pot dispensaries clouding medical marijuana’s image
October 8, 2012 at 6:47 AM
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October 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM
1. Pot dispensaries clouding medical marijuana’s image
The explosive growth of storefront pot dispensaries is testing state and federal laws and clouding the medical-marijuana industry’s quest for legitimacy. In today’s story, we look at the booming business that now can boast more outlets in Seattle than Starbucks. Tomorrow, we’ll take a closer look at cannibis-infused products from taco mix to cotton candy known as “medibles.”
(Related: Pot proves big mistake for enterprising schemer)
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