**An Initiative Measure No. 1372 to Protect & Strengthen RCW 69.51A

Initiative To The People Protecting And Strengthening RCW 69.51A

(I-1343 refiled this year with 2 new rules: www.cppwa.org/previous-filings)

I-1372 Gathers Signatures To Protect & Strengthen Medical Cannabis

--January 21, 2015, 5 PM PST

      WASHINGTON STATE--Initiative Measure No. 1372 filed January 6, 2015, started gathering signatures for this November's ballot. This initiative to the People will protect and strengthen the medical cannabis law, RCW 69.51A, by offering compassion, clarity and consistency through the following changes:

  • Bringing Washington state law into compliance with stated federal policy

  • Allowing business owners to obtain licenses for producing, processing or dispensing cannabis in a commercial manner. Using the language from ESSB 5073, specifying cannabis for medical use licensing, allowing producers and processors to deliver cannabis to any cannabis for medical use licensee, and allowing the botanical herb tax exemption on cannabis for medical use.

  • Creating and empowering the cannabis for medical use board, made up of the state and the community, to govern all aspects of the market. Through licensing and regulation fees, revenue is generated for the board to regulate the not-for-profit cannabis for medical use market while remaining revenue neutral.

  • Maintaining small, private residential gardens and patient cooperatives that do not violate the spirit or intent of law. As well as protecting existing cannabis farmer's markets serving qualifying patients.

  • Restoring reciprocity for non-residents and other protections passed by the Legislature in ESSB 5073.

  • Removing any instances of partially vetoed language. Reinstating essential definitions including cannabis, cannabis products, plant, etc., and correcting the spelling error of “useable”.

  • Adding Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury to the list of qualifying conditions, as well as addresses suitability of organ transplants to ensure that medical use of cannabis can no longer be the sole disqualification for treatment.

  • Extending the same criminal and civil protections to qualifying patients that prescription drug patients receive.

  • Limiting housing discrimination for the medical use of cannabis.

  • Restricting employment-related cannabis testing for qualifying patients.

  • Requiring video proof of impairment for qualifying patients.

  • Adding in protection to qualifying patients under 18 years of age, patients, legal guardians, and their designated providers.

  • Expanding the tetrahydrocannabinoidols controlled substance exemption to health care professionals, qualifying patients, designated providers, collective gardens, cannabis for medical use licensees, licensed testing facilities.

  • Limiting cooperation with federal investigations of authorized medical use of cannabis activities.

Signatures are being gathered to qualify for this November ballot. The deadline for gathering the 246,372 signatures from register voters required to qualify is July 2, 2015.  It is our belief that this can be accomplished if every qualifying patient were to sign or every registered voter in Seattle would sign at once.

1998, Washingtonians overwhelming approved I-692 creating cannabis for medical use for qualifying patients. The legislature directed the department of health to define what a “60-day supply” meant. In 2008, they came back with 100 square foot of grow space and 35 ounces of usable cannabis. The law enforcement community dissatisfied with the amount influenced the change to the current 15 plants and 24 ounces 1 It should be stated that this was done without any outside medical advice and based solely on police practices, not based off of medical or scientific information. In April 2011, a letter from the police enforcement union to Governor Gregoire telling which sections to veto removed regulation for the medical use of cannabis, and definitions from RCW 69.51A.2 The current bills proposed for the current legislative session continue to do the same thing while violate the same laws, as well as take away patients rights like eliminating private, non-commercial, patient collective gardens and ending authorizations for the medical use of cannabis.

1  http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2008224424_medpot03m0.html


2  www.scribd.com/doc/151838457/WASPC-2011-Letter-to-Governor-on-Medical-Cannabis-veto

Kirk Ludden



For those in the Seattle area, or want a good deal, Alphagraphics is the cheapest place found to print copies. They have the files to print.  Color or b/w are valid petitions, proofs were printed b/w (as long as printed 11x17).

Alphagraphics One Union Square



Kirk Ludden,
May 4, 2015, 10:14 PM
Kirk Ludden,
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