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Sponsors: Washington Citizens for Medical Rights
Washington Sectretary of State:
More information on Washington State's Medical Marijuana Initiative:
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
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
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.
Text of Initiative 692
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
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?