I’m fresh from the monthly NORML Women of Washington meeting held on the second Saturday of each month at Uptown Espresso in Westlake, Seattle.
I felt some very real anxiety during the meeting when we were talking about what happens to cannabis patients in July. As far as we knew, there are only a few stores that will be set up to provide to cannabis patients when the new laws take effect.
This informed group of cannabis patients, caregivers, and mothers to patients was unable to give a good answer as to where they will be getting their cannabis medicines, come July 1. Correction, they knew where they would be able to get it still but they would become criminals if they did so.
Right now most of us have been getting our medicine from the cannabis farmer’s markets, patient collectives, or medical cannabis shops that had set up under the old laws and are now shutting their doors. We have access to a large number of unique strains, high CBD cannabis, plus specialized small batch tincture, topical, and concentrate artisans. Anything you can imagine I can get already made or I know a gal who can do that. However, the people who have been honing their cannabis crafts and providing to patients for years are now going to be criminals if they keep doing what they are doing without merging into the legal cannabis market.
It is not that we don’t embrace change or want to comply with the new laws, at this point it appears to be an access issue. We have yet to find the medicine we are accustomed to in the new legal market. While this may not seem like a big deal for many, this becomes a very serious issue when there are adults and babies literally being kept alive with specific cannabis medicine.
Imagine if all the drug pharmacies in the state but a few were able to provide for even a couple of months. It would be pill popper pandemonium.
The stores that sell medical cannabis will be staffed with a state certified MMJ consultant and register you with the state through their system. I have not began to navigate the registry system but I will for sure let you know what it is like. So far, I don’t like it.
The NORML Women of Washington are having a protest on June 30th at Union and 6th in Seattle at the I-5 entrance from 4pm-7pm to demonstrate the fact that we all would become criminals on July 1 if we do not conform to the new limitations being imposed upon us and how it impacts families in Washington. Join Us!
Over the next 6 weeks I’ll be going to the cannabis farmer’s markets in Black Diamond, Tacoma, and Olympia as often as possible until they have their final events and shut their doors. It’s a special culture I’m sad to see change and I hope to capture and share as much of it as possible before it is gone.
Through the anxiety of the whole situation, I still feel positive and feel fired up to spread the word that these changes are coming fast and you need to get prepared.