Washington Town To Ban Safe Access to Medical Cannabis
“We’re getting dozens and dozens of phone calls and emails and most are from medical marijuana patients…. The number in favor [of the ban] I can count on one finger.”
The vote is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, and the ban is seen as a sure thing: The vote is planned to fall at 4-3, according to Higgins in the same interview.
In a perfect world, or even just a common sense world, one if not all of these four would realize that what they’re planning to do is unethical, illegal and has no reasonable explanation.
The reasons to vote against this ban are clear:
• This ban would be blatantly ignoring the will of our state’s voters
• A ban would only decrease public safety by forcing these patients into the black-market, which often benefits local criminals and criminal organizations
• A ban would put local employees and business owners out of work, regardless if they are legitimately following state law
• A ban would lack compassion by denying safe and local access to a medicine that is proven effective for a variety of debilitating ailments
A few have attempted a full ban on safe access.
This goes for every city. The movement must be proactive in the present, and whether you’re a resident of Kent or not (I am not), this is an issue we must clearly put our efforts towards. If Kent were to pass this ban, and get away with it (no legal challenge or political repercussion), you can be assured it will have a negative effect on other cities throughout the state whose politicians may be considering a ban, but not yet moving forward with it.
As of right now, one of the most obvious and simplest actions you can take before the vote on June 5 is to email and call those who plan to vote for this ban, pointing out clearly and respectfully why such a ban is a move backwards.
Despite all of this, as we in the cannabis movement so painfully know, the council may very well ignore our call and continue forward with their plan to pass this ban. In this instance, there’s two approaches that we can take, and as a community, we take them both.
We can hope that the courts will rule in our favor, and the legal reality points to the fact that they will. The precedent that would be set from a victory here would be lasting, as well as far-reaching.
But this doesn’t excuse those who voted for the ban.
If it passes, as a community we must take notice. We must refuse to forget, and we must do what we can with our time and finances to take out of office those who would so clearly ignore the law and their constituents.
This is true with any other similar attempt throughout the state and nation.
The more we fight for candidates who support cannabis law reform, and against those who don’t, the more those running for office will stand with us.
Or, at the very least, fear the political repercussions of standing against us.
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