More on MarijuanaFebruary 23rd, 2007 by josh farley
Senate bill 6032 would primarily attempt to protect medicinal marijuana users — and their designated health care providers — from legal or criminal action, as well as allow those whom law enforcement determines to be using pot legally to keep their supply, rather than see it confiscated.
It would also protect law enforcement from legal action “for failure to seize marijuana,” when they determine a person’s use falls under the state’s legal definition.
The bill is scheduled for its first hearing at 8 a.m. Feb. 27 before the senate’s committee on health and long term care.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that though many states have medicinal marijuana laws on the books, the federal government still bans it outright.
The medicinal marijuana debate hit our shores more locally when a Kitsap woman has sued TeleTech, a company for which she worked briefly, for firing her after a drug test. The woman alleges in the lawsuit that she disclosed her use of medical marijuana, and TeleTech tested her anyway, and then terminated her employment.
The debate on medical marijuana doesn’t end there. In January, CannaCare, an Everett-based organization whose web site says is aimed at educating the public about medical marijuana, was raided by the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team.
While CannaCare has contended in media reports it has done nothing outside of the law, WestNET claimed the organization had more marijuana than allowed under state law, as well as federal law, (which, again, prohibits any possession of marijuana, medical or otherwise).
With new, potential legislation on the topic, this debate is sure to continue.