Washington State Medical Marijuana Initiative


Washington State
Initiative 692 - Medical Marijuana
YES: 59%
NO: 41%
(99% of precincts reporting - CBS News is reporting that I-692 has officially won.)

Up to the minute results:
http://event.cbs.com/state/state_wa.html
 

Sponsors: Washington Citizens for Medical Rights
Web: http://www.eventure.com/i692/
Web: http://www.hemp.net/news/initiative.html

Washington Sectretary of State:
http://209.43.151.101/vote98/reports/m_statewide.tmpl

More information on Washington State's Medical Marijuana Initiative:
http://www.levellers.org/wastat.htm


Cannabis-related Ballot Initiatives and Referenda
to be voted on in the November 3, 1998 General Election
Compiled by Colorado Citizens for Compassionate Cannabis
October 10, 1998

Several initiatives will appear on the ballot this year in various states.  Voters in Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and Washington State will be decide on the issue of medicinal cannabis.  Additionally, voters in Oregon will decide on a referendum to block the recriminalization of marijuana.  Voters in Arizona will decide on a referendum to block the gutting of the Proposition 200, the Drug Medicalization, Prevention, and Control Act, passed by 65% of Arizona voters in 1996.

Medicinal Cannabis Initiatives (to be voted on 11/3/98)
Washington State: Initiative 692 - Medical Use of Marijuana Act
These initiatives need to be divided into two different models for allowing use of cannabis by patients.

1) Therapeutic Model (Washington D.C. and Washington State)
These initiatives were modeled on the ideas embodied in the California Compassionate Use Act (CCUA - Prop. 215) passed by California voters in 1996.  These initiatives were written by the local grassroots patients and patient advocates and put the needs of the patient first.

2) Law Enforcement Model (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Nevada)
These initiatives were written by Americans for Medical Rights to appease law enforcement concerns about the CCUA.  Since this model diverges so greatly from the California model, many patients have serious concerns about these initiatives.

We asked four questions about each initiative:
1) Does the initiative allow patients to possess and cultivate an adequate supply of medicine?
The City Council of Oakland, California, adopted a standard of six pounds of cannabis and 144 plants as necessary to maintain an adequate supply for patients.  This was based on the amount of cannabis currently supplied by the federal government to eight patients in the Investigative New Drug program.

2) Does the initiative allow for legal distribution to patients?
Legal distribution is important to protect patients from having to obtain their medicine from the black market.

3) Does the initiative protect patients who are not registered with the state?
Many of the initiatives that follow the law enforcement model require a patient to register with the state to receive protection of the law.  Many civil libertarians and AIDS patients are concerned that the confidentiality of the registry is not guaranteed and that law enforcement would use the registry to target medicinal cannabis users for harrassment.

4) Is the initiative a constitutional or statutory law?
Constitutional amendments are much harder to change than statutory laws are.
 



Washington State: Initiative 692 - Medical Use of Marijuana Act
Sponsors: Washington Citizens for Medical Rights
Web: http://www.eventure.com/i692/
Web: http://www.hemp.net/news/initiative.html

Text of Initiative 692
http://www.wa.gov/sec/vote98/i692txt.htm

Allows patients to possess and cultivate an adequate supply? YES, allows a patient to possess or cultivate a 60 day supply.

Allows for distribution to patients? YES, I 692 would not preclude the distribution of cannabis to patients

Protects patients who are not registered with the state? YES, does not require patients to enter an official registry of marijuana users.  Patients must only present a written recommendation from a licensed physician, similar to a prescription.

Constitutional or Statutory? Statutory.

Washington State Elections Division
http://www.wa.gov/sec/



Links

Initiative 692 Web Site

Hemp.net site on I-692


July 2, 1998:  Washington State activists turn in over 250,000 signatures for Initiave 692
(Goal: 179,000 valid signatures)
Text of Washington State Initiative 692

Washington State: Progress Towards Unity?


The Therapeutic Model of Medicine
vs.
The Law Enforcement Model of Medicine

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