Larry Harvey, Famed Washington Medical Marijuana Patient, Dies From Cancer

Larry Harvey, a Washington state medical marijuana patient who had faced years in prison in a high-profile federal medical marijuana case, died Thursday at age 71.

WASHINGTON:  Larry Harvey, a Washington state medical marijuana patient who had faced 10 years in prisonin a high-profile federal pot case, died Thursday at age 71, a family spokeswoman said. Harvey succumbed to pancreatic cancer in Colville, Washington, Kari Boiter, a medical marijuana activist and spokeswoman for the family, told HuffPost. Federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Harvey Read the full article…

Some Patients Concerned About New Medical Marijuana Rules

Many patients who depend on medical marijuana are concerned about Washington's new regulations, which could have a big impact once they take effect.

WASHINGTON:  Many patients who depend on medical marijuana are paying close attention to Washington’s new regulations, which could have a big impact once they take effect. “It should be to help patients get more access in this new legal market, not less,” said Cari Boiter, a patient who uses medical marijuana to treat a hereditary Read the full article…

Everyone in Olympia Has a Pot Plan

In the state senate, two major plans emerged at the start of the session.

WASHINGTON: It’s progress that Washington State‘s most high-profile drug war is presently being fought with bills and proposed amendments in the hushed chambers of the Capitol building in Olympia. But it’s still a goddamn mess. This year, lawmakers are under pressure to reconcile our largely unregulated medical marijuana market with the highly regulated recreational market. Read the full article…

The Millionaire Who Wants To Control Washington’s Weed

The state of Washington’s legal marijuana market is at a major crossroads, with its fate to be determined by pending legislation that seeks to address a conflict in the system.

WASHINGTON:  The state of Washington’s legal marijuana market is at a major crossroads, with its fate to be determined by pending legislation that seeks to address a conflict in the system. In the big picture, the choices to be made along the path ahead boil down to a struggle between business and patient interests. The Read the full article…

5 Things To Know About Lawmakers’ Efforts On Marijuana In Washington

"We need to get the two systems functioning as one," Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said recently.

WASHINGTON: Medical marijuana activists feel like they have their back to the wall as the Legislature tries to rein in an unregulated system that many people believe is unfairly competing with heavily taxed recreational pot sales in Washington state. Hundreds are expected in Olympia on Thursday as lawmakers hold their first big hearing on the topic Read the full article…

The Faces Of Activism: Kari Boiter

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By Tawnee Lynee Cowan WASHINGTON: Last year I found myself wanting to do more than sit behind my computer and gripe about the government. I wanted to become part of the voices that created the change we so desperately need in our world. So I joined protests against GMO’s. I joined rallies for patients rights Read the full article…

Lobby Days In Olympia

"Unity is so very important, we need to find common ground." -- Troy Stevens

By Tawnee Cowan WASHINGTON:  As the whole world watches Washington State pioneer the future of recreational marijuana laws and at the same time protect the medical cannabis laws already in existence, we return to Olympia today to continue what we have started. This morning the Committee held one more public hearing on HB 2149. At Read the full article…

The Medical Cannabis Finish Line Is In Sight

TBoth chambers wisely passed bills that fold medical marijuana into the regulatory structure for recreational pot created by the Liquor Control Board. The bills create a voluntary registry for authorized patients who would be able to purchase greater quantities and gain access to tax exemptions.

By Shawn DeNae The stage is set, the contenders are in place and we either cross that finish line by legitimizing medicinal use, cultivation and dispensing of medical cannabis in law or it’s finished all together.   A dedicated group striving to protect medical cannabis access in Washington State gathered on Thursday as starters in Read the full article…