Saying Goodbye To Medical Cannabis In Washington State

By TwicebakedinWA

There are less than two weeks left before new medical cannabis regulations go into effect in Washington State. For those of us who get our cannabis medicine from the current system that patients have been using since the 90’s, this is a big change nobody is looking forward to.

As I was driving out to MMJ Universe in Black Diamond this past Saturday I found tears streaming down my face thinking about this being one of the last times I would be making that sweet drive in the country to spend time shopping for cannabis in an open market environment.

I’ve been feeling a touch reminiscent about my times out at that specific market where I have met hundreds of patients and growers. Through regular market visits and attending events held there I have been able to plug in with the cannabis community.

I started going there before the adult use of cannabis was legalized in Washington State and I have been able to observe an evolution that the market has taken not only with how beautiful the grounds have become but also to how the market itself has changed over the years.

When I first started attending the market almost every table had a bong or pipe set up so you could sample their products right there. When you walked in the doors it was often a little cloudy and everybody was relaxed with their with cannabis. This was a unique shopping experience, very new to me, and very refreshing to be around. Eventually the smoking was moved outside and while that mildly changed the experience, the freedom felt and education given to patients at the market continued.

When I talked to Diedre, the owner of MMJ Universe, she said she is planning a big celebration on the 30th of June with music and vending to shed some happiness despite how sad so many of us are to be losing our beloved market.

I have much to celebrate from the gains that I have received from that market and even as the tears again roll down my face thinking that it is closing all I can do is thank Diedre and everybody involved in keeping the market going for so long and for focusing on positives and solutions at the end of this medical cannabis era.

Lawyer Sues Warren, Michigan Over Medical Marijuana

MICHIGAN: A Warren lawyer filed a lawsuit Monday against the City of Warren that demands up to $5 million in damages on behalf of 23 state-approved medical-marijuana users who say they’ve been harassed and ticketed by Warren police.

The lawsuit, filed in Macomb Circuit Court by attorney Michael Greiner, also claims that Warren zoning officials, Police Commissioner Jere Green and Mayor Jim Fouts cooperated in a policy to shut down a medical-marijuana transfer center — the Michigan Safe Transfer Center at 29601 Hoover, in an area zoned for a medical office — through a police raid and confiscation of the owners’ property, without a search warrant.

The suit also claims that police on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 stopped each car leaving the transfer center and questioned drivers in what constituted an illegal roadblock and illegal searches and then raided the center on Sept. 18. Greiner said that the transfer center, of which he is a 50% partner, allows caregivers to provide medical cannabis to people who are officially registered with the state as medical-marijuana users.

 

Medical Marijuana Laws Changing In Santa Cruz This May

CALIFORNIA:  A new Santa Cruz County ordinance is going into effect this May that will ban all unincorporated residents from growing commercial marijuana.

The only exception for growing pot was given to medical marijuana patients, who are allowed to grow a small amount for personal use. Patients can have personal grows up to 100 square feet.

Law enforcers also plan to step up their efforts shutting down secret grow houses and arresting residents who violate the new ordinance.

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office will dedicate a special compliance enforcement team to investigate hash oil labs, environmental degradation, and neighborhood concerns about drugs. So far, 141 complaints made by neighbors have come into the office that will be prioritized by deputies and investigated.