Guidelines my ass

Mike Steindel (CLaw7MAn@webtv.net)
Sat, 19 Jun 1999 02:39:01 -0700 (PDT)


Whats this crap about pigs needing better guidelines regarding the use
of Medical Cannabis. Whats it gonna take for these cretins to stop
bullying the sick. They bust into a patients home its gotta be obvious
that their not Drug KingPins. If they are,  then were are the guys with
the uzi's and the armored mercedes. These people aren't wearing armani
suits and sporting platinum presidents on their wrists. I think the real
question is how do you teach a pig to be an empathetic human who
believes in the dignity of life. Is that possible. I don't think so. We
don't need better guidelines we need law enforcement that is willing to
follow the law.... This is just like what happened to the homeless woman
in Los Angeles, pigs taking advantage of the less fortunate. Bullies
pusing their weight around.   mike

 
US WA: Editorial: MMJ: Both Cops And Patients Need Better Guidelines
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n644.a09.html
Newshawk: John Smith 
Pubdate: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 
Source: Seattle Times (WA) 
Copyright: 1999 The Seattle Times Company 
Contact: opinion@seatimes.com 
Website: http://www.seattletimes.com/ 
Related: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n630.a01.html 

BOTH COPS AND PATIENTS NEED BETTER GUIDELINES 

WASHINGTON voters made two things clear last fall when they approved
Initiative 692, the medical-marijuana law: 

1.  Police must treat sick patients with compassion. 

2.  Patients must abide by reasonable limits. 

The unfortunate case of David Means, profiled by Seattle Times reporter
Carol Ostrom on June 14, demonstrates that neither cops nor patients
have yet found the appropriate balance between rights, responsibilities
and respect for the voters' will.  State and local authorities should
redouble their efforts to ensure that all parties comply with the spirit
and letter of the law.

Means suffers from seizures and had obtained legally required
documentation from a licensed medical doctor.  He grew his own supply
in his West Seattle apartment - and made sure to keep both the text of
the law and his medical documentation accessible to law enforcement.  

The home was raided in May; police destroyed 40 marijuana plants and
confiscated his growing equipment. 
That's not all.  

They apparently trashed the place.  Means' apartment manager said it
looked "like a tornado came through his apartment" after the cops
left.  Means also says the cops taunted and provoked him after
handcuffing him.  He was arrested and released without any charges
filed. 
This apparent disregard for Means' dignity and property is appalling. 
It's exactly the kind of boorish behavior I-692 sought to end.  Police
officials say the case is under investigation and more training is
planned.  Those who conducted the destructive raid at Means' apartment
need more than training; they ought to be disciplined.

The case is complicated by Means' unilateral decision to share his
personal supply of medical marijuana with other patients.  The law
does not address distribution.  Moreover, although it states that
qualifying patients may possess a 60-day supply for personal medical
use, it does not define a 60-day supply.

The Legislature failed this year to assign a state agency to write
implementation rules for I-692.  Gov.  Gary Locke should take the
lead in forming a multi-agency task force to craft clear, rational
guidelines for enforcement of the popular medical-marijuana law. 
Members should include representatives from the Washington State Medical
Quality Assurance Commission, the Attorney General's office, patient
advocate groups (such as the Capitol Hill Compassion in Action or Green
Cross Patient Co-op), doctors, police officers and academic researchers. 

Until that happens, though, ambiguities in the medical-marijuana law are
no excuse for police raids against sick patients.  What happened to
David Means should not happen again.

MAP posted-by: Don Beck 
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