ALLOWABLE DRY USABLE PLANT MATERIAL AVAILABLE AFTER JULY 1 , 2016

Many patients are gathering information from the LCB an DOH of WA ST.  We appreciate this and will share all available information with you as we verify and receive it.  This is in response to how much dry usable medicine the authorizing Doctor may recommend under the new 5052 guidelines.  You will notice that on the bottom of your new authorization forms there is room to add additional plant but nowhere to add additional dry medication limits.  John Kingsbury writes: Research from a patient I have some important news that could impact you as a patient. SB5052 specified that your doctor could authorize a patient to possess more than the 6 or 8 ounces of usable cannabis, up to a maximum of 16 ozs. Since the new medical cannabis authorization form does not have a space on it to specify the quantity of usable cannabis authorized by the physician, there has been a question about how DOH, or law enforcement, or the person entering people into the register would know how much usable cannabis your doctor had authorized you to possess, when it is not on the form anywhere. . Here is the answer I received. If a patient is authorized for 7 or more plants (up to 15 plants) then he or she will automatically be presumed to be authorized for 16 ozs of usable cannabis. Even though the law states the doctor may specify a greater amount than the default 8 ounces, DOH is not going to let doctors specify the amount; DOH will just presume 16 ozs is authorized. So that is the answer I have...

ORIGINAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM LCB – COMPLIANCE CHECKS FOR PATIENT COLLECTIVES

This is my response from Brian Smith at the Washington State Liquor Control Board in response to the questions I asked about the registry. You will notice there is a discrepancy about how many patients can grow in one household without registering and I have asked that question and will share it with you as soon as we receive the answers. Hi Tracy, following up on the questions you submitted. Thanks for your patience. I reached out to the enforcement division for their input. We responded below (in bold). Please know that cooperative inspections are new to us as well. The agency has never been tasked with inspecting grows at someone’s home. I think it’s fair to say that our officers will be respectful as they carry out their responsibilities as prescribed in the law. 1) home compliance checks -can you please describe what will happen at a home compliance check? LCB officers will conduct inspections between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. The objective of the inspection will be to verify that a cooperative is complying with all laws and rules governing the cooperative. Officers will inspect marijuana plants and product, floor plan requirements (e.g., fencing, etc.), records, verify that cooperative members meet the requirements prescribed by RCW 69.51A.250 and confirm that no marijuana is being illegally diverted from the cooperative. 2) how will you choose compliance checks for patients will they be random , based on suspicion, or will we all get one? Every cooperative should expect to have a premises check conducted by LCB officers. Premises checks can be conducted randomly but may also...

MULTIPLE PATIENTS CAN GROW WITHOUT REGISTERING IN SINGLE DWELLING HOUSEHOLD

http://crrh.org/news/node/7441New ANSWERS FROM LCB NOTICE MULTIPLE PATIENTS IN THE SAME HOME CAN GROW 4 PLANTS EACH AND NOT REGISTER UP TO 15 PLANTS PER HOUSEHOLD 1 mile radius from any retail outlet no home grows allowed Hi Tracy, Follow up to your follow up questions. The 1 mile radius was not decreased to ½ mile. Answers to your questions are below in blue. Thank you so much I can tell you’ve taken a lot of time to answer these questions and I appreciate that. There’s a contradiction in your answers however comments four plants per patient growing in a household of multiple patients do not need to be registered up to 15 plants. Also can two patients living together each grow their 4 plants (total 8) and not be required to join the registry? Yes. A qualifying patient not entered in the medical marijuana authorization database is allowed to grow up to four plants and possess up to six ounces of useable marijuana in his or her domicile. This possession limit is per patient (RCW 69.51A.210) (3)). If multiple qualifying patients reside in the same housing unit, no more than 15 plants may be located in that housing unit. The production and/or processing of marijuana cannot be in any portion of the house that can be readily seen or smelled from a public place or the private property of another housing unit (RCW 69.51A.260). As written above, two patients living together, or three for that matter, can grow up to 4 plants without having to register. However, as also mentioned above, there can be no more than 15 plants...