Wednesday, February 10, 2016

John Novak Watches WA Lawmakers Fuck Up Medical Marijuana

John Novak shared info from emails regarding what officials in Washington state plan to do about Marijuana Specialty Clinics for folks looking 

to get a medical marijuana authorization.

Considering representatives, with help from the Liquor Control Board, recently dropped the amount of plants patients are allowed to grow for themselves from 15 to 4, I'm sure many who used to get medical marijuana authorizations are wondering if it is even worth it anymore. Add in that medical marijuana farmers markets are no longer allowed, safe access points (dispensaries) are being forced to shut down, and patients are being encouraged to get the cannabis they need from Recreational Marijuana stores and you understand that government forces are being used to enrich businessmen who bribe politicians.

Here is what John shared:

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From: "Tedrick, Cathie J (DOH)"

Date:02/10/2016 8:46 AM (GMT-08:00)


Subject: Marijuana Specialty Clinic Report Submitted to Governor and Legislature

During the 2015 legislative session, Second Substitute Senate Bill 5052 (SB 5052) was passed by the legislature. It was signed by Governor Inslee on April 24, 2015. Section 41 of the Cannabis Patient Protection Act (2SSB 5052) requires the Department of Health to “develop recommendations on establishing medical marijuana specialty clinics that would allow for the authorization and dispensing of marijuana to patients of health care professionals who work on-site of the clinic and who are certified by the department in the medical use of marijuana.”


The department does not support establishing medical marijuana specialty clinics in Washington at this time.


• Healthcare practitioners cannot legally prescribe or dispense schedule I controlled substances and would potentially risk criminal prosecution, as well as civil and financial liability.

• Injured patients may be left without an adequate remedy if malpractice does occur.

• Further research using accepted scientific protocols is needed.

• Significant changes to existing licensing laws for commercial marijuana would be needed. Without such changes, practitioners at specialty clinics would not be able to access the marijuana they would later dispense to patients, which could present issues with supply.

Instead, the department recommends that individual practitioners become, to the extent possible given limited scientific research, educated and knowledgeable about the risks and benefits of the medical use of marijuana so they can provide their patients with accurate information and safe, competent care.

See the full report

For more information, contact us at

Washington State Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program

P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504 | (360) 236-4819 | FAX: (360) 236-2901 |

Note: All licensing related to growing, producing and retail stores is done through the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). Find more information You can contact the LCB through their e-mail contact form at or call their general phone number 360-664-1600, where they will direct you to the right department.

Public Health – Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Washington

Please send John Novak a thank you note for always watching representatives and other officials who make changes to medical marijuana in Washington state without consideration for what voters actually want. 
John Novak fights for medical marijuana patients in Washington state

Please contact representatives and tell them that we want more rights, we want to be allowed to grow more plants, and we want more doctors to be able to talk to their patients about marijuana.

Thank you


  1. Don't forget the fact that recreational stores are not allowed to discuss medical usage and / or recommend strains that might be effective in treating certain maladies with patients.

    Medical Cannabis patients have lost safe access and valuable insight provided by medical dispensaries. The WSLCB is completely out of their depth on this and we need a public vote to determine that 5023 was unconstitutional in it's decision to take away medical access that the voters decided on decades ago. Getting Joe Stoner high and treating medical conditions is NOT the same thing.

  2. There's no need to waste the money on a card that gets you nowhere.

    It's odd, but I feel safer going to the medical underground than I do going into a 502.

    I went into a 502 recently. It was horrible. Smelled like a dentist office! No medicine and nothing I would waste money on.

    Thankfully, the medical underground is alive and thriving!

  3. There's no need to waste the money on a card that gets you nowhere.

    It's odd, but I feel safer going to the medical underground than I do going into a 502.

    I went into a 502 recently. It was horrible. Smelled like a dentist office! No medicine and nothing I would waste money on.

    Thankfully, the medical underground is alive and thriving!

  4. Just to be clear, I agree with the letter and the recommendation to not put health care providers in harms way by allowing them to directly distribute. The feds could shut that down fast. Instead of inventivizing this, pressure need to put back on the state lawmakers in Olympia, through both legislative and executive action, DESCHEDULE CANNABIS FROM THE STATE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT AND STOP TAKING FEDERAL MONEY TO ENFORCE "MARIJUANA ERADICATION" POLICY. This language is throughout damn near every federal contract for state funding, from education, transportation, employment, medical and scientific research, on and on. :)

    I asked Kristi Weeks from the Department of Health last summer how much influence does the schedule one status of cannabis have on their policy decisions.

    She said almost none.

    This recommendation shows that it does.

    1. Sorry..typo...should read, "Instead of inventivizing this, pressure need to be put back on the state lawmakers in Olympia..."

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