Medical Marijuana Mess in Washington State
Schoolhouse Rock makes the law-making process seem straightforward. There’s no song to explain what happens when that law is full of holes, not all law enforcement officials understand (or choose to uphold) the law, and/or the law doesn’t coincide with federal laws. Instead, patients get tossed around in the unintended consequences and unaddressed problems of the law.
That’s the best summary I can write for this article from the Seattle Weekly. Whoever wrote the headline, Club Pot Med, had to be high at the time, but the fascinating article explores the crusade of Douglas Hiatt, a former public defender, whose career is dedicated to supporting patients by sorting out this law. The article explains,
“The mess that gets Hiatt out of bed each day exists because the state’s medical marijuana law is so broadly worded that cops keep busting legitimate patients, that judges state that the law doesn’t exist, and that newly diagnosed cancer patients, for example, are frequently left with no practical way to grow their own marijuana, as the law allows. They are a bit too sick, and it takes three to four months to go from seed to weed. That’s a lot of vomiting in the meantime.”