Washington State Bill Authorizing Medical Marijuana to be Considered: Your responses needed! 1/15/98

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(This story was partially adapted from Hemp.Net News, http://www.hemp.net.)

In The state of Washington, Senate Bill SB 6271, which would authorize the possession and use, as well as the sale by licensed pharmacists of medical marijuana, is on the legislative agenda. The legislative session in Washington runs for only 60 days, which means that people concerned about the issue must move quickly to register their support.

SB 6271 was introduced and referred to the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee. The bill must be reported out of committee before the February 6th cutoff date in order for it to stay alive. Sen. Alex Deccio (R-Yakima) chairs this committee of seven. Deccio supported the Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act in 1979 and has scheduled a hearing on the bill for Tuesday, Jan 20, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

You can find the complete bill on the web by going to: http://www.leg.wa.gov, clicking on "Bill Info" and typing "6271" into the search engine.

IF YOU ARE A WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENT, OR IF YOU HAVE FRIENDS OR FAMILY RESIDING IN THAT STATE, WE URGE YOU TO TAKE ACTION IN SUPPORT OF SB 6271.

Legislative hotline: (800) 562-6000
Legislature website: http://www.leg.wa.gov

It is especially important if your Senator is one of the following, as they are on the Health and Long-Term Care committee. At least four of these seven must support the bill to pass it out of committee.

Senator Alex Deccio, Chair Senator Jeannette Wood, Vice Chair Senator Don Benton Senator Darlene Fairley Senator Rosa Franklin Senator Gary Strannigan Senator R. Lorraine Wojahn, Ranking Democrat Member

For a complete update of the medical marijuana bill and an introduction to how it could become law, see the Hemp.Net news story at http://www.hemp.net/news/legislature.html.

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