Unite To Educate And Medicate
Why Start an Online Cannabis Community in Washington State?
I grew up in the 50's & 60's so Marijuana has been a part of my life for a good long time. I started to see the benefits to my physical body early on when I found it would ease the horrible pains I have in my back and neck, but I didn't actually start cultivating Cannabis for my own medical & spiritual reasons until I became part of the local Cannabis community while living in Oregon several years ago. My wife was the Event Coordinator for OregonGreenFree's Medical Marijuana Community so the whole family was recruited to help with the parties. Being part of a Cannabis community and an active participant in the club greatly increased my knowledge about Marijuana as medication, and gave me the information I needed to start an indoor grow. I didn't have a lot of money to get started, especially when I was having to spend every dime on expensive medication from the black market, so I was not really motivated to spend a bunch of money trying to 'get legal' and set up a garden that may or may not get busted by The Feds anyway! But, thanks to some really decent people, we finally took the plunge into the Medical Marijuana lifestyle. A really generous guy, (Thanks John!) hooked me up with a second-hand light to get started (check our "BOX" for used gardening stuff on the COMMUNITY page) and I used my 'networking' contacts to find bat guano, clones, and garden supplies. Some guy I didn't even know gave me a fabulous rooted clone at one of our monthly meetings and I HAD to succeed. I didn't want to have to tell him that I had killed his awesome gift to me when I saw him at the next meeting! I was even asked to join an Activist group and I spent a few of my weekends holding signs to get voters excited about the next Marijuana proposition. Best of all, I was introduced to beautiful people within the Medical Marijuana and Cannabis communities; like the farmer who feeds his livestock only Cannabis leaf. Talk about happy cows! Some of these contacts turned into lifetime friendships, and we learned things that have stayed with us to this day. That is my hope for Washington State, and for every patient, grower, and caregiver. Together we CAN travel this road, and have fun doing it!
Are You Ready To Enter the Cannabis Highway; the road to health, happiness, & all things GREEN?
If you have not already done so, you are going to need to obtain your Medical Marijuana permit for Washington State
.Obtain a copy of your medical record. It must be current. (You must have received treatment for this particular ailment within the last year or have a current MRI ) For a list of medical conditions that will qualify for a medical marijuana permit, please visit the state Health Department at http://www.doh.wa.gov/
Contact the THC Clinic in Bellvue, Washington at (425-869-6186). They will have you fax your medical records to Dr. Orville and then he will call you back to schedule your appointment.*
Follow the clinic's instructions EXACTLY as they tell you (they have parking restrictions) and show up for your appointment with your money and whatever else they ask you to bring.
You will pay your fees (which vary according to your insurance plans), the Dr. will examine you, and you will be issued your permit (which is proper documentation allowing you to possess, consume, and grow Cannabis for your medical condition). If you want an actual card to keep in your wallet, you are going to have to shrink a copy of your paperwork and have it laminated and cut at a copy store, like Kinkos. (I have only seen two gentlemen take the trouble to do this for themselves). You will be given a packet outlining the laws & your rights & obligations as a patient.Contact us (WashingtonGreenway Cannabis Club) by sending us an email
Want to be a part of the Cannabis community but have no $$ ? Too sick to get up and out? Join this free website! Our goal is to one day make this a non-profit organization completely run by members, dedicated to meeting the needs of our community. To make that happen, we need to join the online communities and clubs. Let us know that you are out there. Just think! You may have the missing piece to someone's puzzle. Make this your one-stop website for all of your Medical Marijuana news and happenings within your Cannabis community in mainland Washington state and the surrounding island areas. 'FAVORITE' us now!*
What's in it for the Growers, Distributors, Dispensaries, and Product Vendors?
What this organization has to offer you is loyalty and a safe place to network with your community while you build your long-term clientele
This is not a site for one particular Garden, Distributor, Vendor, or Dispensary. This community is for EVERYONE who has something positive to offer The Washington State Medical Marijuana community and their families. We want to be able to offer our Growers the guarantee that we will be loyal to them if they will provide consistent and quality meds at affordable prices. We think our Master Growers should be rewarded for cultivating medical grade product, for growing consistently, and for educating the rest of us about the strains they are growing. To be listed as a Master Grower on this site, the grower must be nominated by three separate members, and meet our strict requirements. If you are an ethical producer, you will have no problems. We want to 'weed out' the growers who insist on shady practices such as using teens to deliver product, or those who make the client run all over the city to avoid detection by authorities. Now when a 'little old lady' with MS gets her Cannabis recommendation, she will visit this site, become a Member, and receive the 'Green List' of our recommended Master Growers and Dispensaries currently receiving new patients. We already know that the lady doesn't want to meet with a "Gangster" in a beat up vehicle down the block from The Chevron! It sounds funny, but this is how some distributors are handling their business! Some of them are no better than the dope man. This type of distributor is not what we want to recommend to our newest patients. We have found that most patients want to make one phone call or send a discreet email and have someone meet them at the monthly meeting with the product. This is what being a Caregiver is all about. For this quality treatment, our lady patient will contract with her Caregiver to work out the fair compensation for her monthly amount. The Caregiver can choose to get his patient's meds from a Master Grower, a Dispensary, or he can provide them from his own garden.
We believe those Growers and Distributors who provide medication that has been properly manicured, dried, and grown with organic ingredients should be preferred over those who wet already -dried herb, sell a poor grade product, or provide Cannabis laced with harsh chemicals that cause headaches. We want all new patients to learn how to spot quality medication so they can accept their meds from their Caregiver with complete confidence. Since the quality of Cannabis cannot be controlled, we have to teach ourselves and our Patients everything there is to know about the plant and the processes involved to get the finished product. Knowledge about the medication will ensure that high standards of quality are maintained, and genuine strains preserved for the next generation.
We also want to give our business to those Vendors who go out of their way to show up at our meetings, support our community events, and help us with all of our 'hush-hush' questions. (It is illegal to discuss Marijuana with store clerks, even if they do cater specifically to Cannabis users! You must learn the code words, and this can be very daunting to patients just starting out with no "head shop" experience!) Some of the coolest people you will ever meet are selling some amazing products just for Cannabis users. Many of them live right next door to us! These guys get to eat because we buy their products. Let's make sure we are doing our part to advertise for them by word of mouth, by our loyal support, and by actually posting their contact information on this website. Let's do the same for the Musicians and Artists within our community. At the same time, we should be giving our other business to the companies owned by the people within our Cannabis community. The businesses that support our cause need to know that it pays to support Medical Marijuana in Washington State. That is why we allow non-members to advertise on our site. Ad preference is given to our server first, then to our Paid Club Members.
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For a complete list of Membership benefits, please request a "Members Benefits" outline by private email.
All Private Club Membership applicants must send a copy of their paperwork and I.D. by mail ( to keep fraud temptation to a minimum) and must verify Membership at the next event with picture ID that matches the name on your Membership card.
Attempts to perpetrate FRAUD on the club or upon any Members will bring the wrath of El upon your heads...and get you black listed from the Cannabis community. Think it can't happen? What works for us will also work against us.
Remember that this community is here to benefit us, the people who make up the community. We want something better than what is offered by the dope man down the street.
We hope that you desire something much richer and satisfying as well. We aim to be the 'Champagne' of the Cannabis community, not the Moonshine
If you want something else, we would be happy to help you start up a your own chapter within WashingtonGreenway. After all, every family has its black sheep.
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What Is Happening On The Legal Side of The Fence?
Some of us want to know what is happening politically with Washington's Medical Marijuana program. (WMMP)
This webjam is committed to providing you with the latest news and information about the issues that are important to you.
We want to know what is happening with NORML, our Nationwide Activism Group, and we desire to maintain a great working relationship with our local chapter so that we can easily rally when it is time for us to do so. We recommend that you contact NORML if you want to be more involved in the political activism scene.( www.norml.com) We challenge our politically active members to start their own activism group within this community.
Also, we have found that there is a great deal of fear among patients in this state. Knowing your legal rights as a Patient, Caregiver, Grower, or Distributor will give you and your family great peace of mind. There are basic things we all need to know, and these are addressed at every meeting so that your questions can be answered. If you cannot wait for a meeting, please email us at WashingtonGreenway@Yahoo.com. We will be glad to research the answer for you. There are many of us in the community who have had bad experiences with The Law over our Cannabis use or distribution. We have witnessed the mistakes others have made. We have even made them ourselves, suffering a great deal because of them. This does not have to happen to you! From past experience, we know that a working relationship with The District Attorney's office can help a great deal, paving the way for a Medical Marijuana program that is beneficial to all. WashingtonGreenway is willing to go to great lengths to make sure we are all heard. We just need your support behind us.
Using, carrying, & growing Cannabis does not have to be a stressful or fearful experience. That is why we are here to help you. It is time for us to view this plant the way it is supposed to be seen, as another natural health alternative, not as dangerous and criminal. Get to know and understand the current Medical Marijuana laws as they apply to us. EDUCATION IS OUR BEST WEAPON IN THIS WAR ON OUR MEDICATION!
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Princess... Thanks for dropping by. I have personally had a medical trial of Marinol with poor results. Cannabis, to my knowledge, in natural form is not approved for use in my state. Clinical trials for Dystonia were conducted last year in Canada for efficacy with chronic pain & involuntary muscle contraction. The study showed no effect for the symptoms of Dystonia. We're always looking for the silver bullet but, the disorder is so complex there is no known cause nor cure. While some genetic defects have been identified, the mechanism by which the disorder is manifest remains hidden. Than you for the positive comments on the layout of our Webjam. The key for us was to simply keep at it. 'Less is more'. And, experiment back and forth between two, three & four columns. The Jammers at the Forum & support page are very helpful in sorting out issues.
EDUCATION IS OUR WEAPON!
Currently, The Medical Marijuana Program Of Washington State Is A Mess!
When we moved here two years ago, it was to make a lifelong dream of living in Washington State a reality for my wife, myself, and our two little boys. We only wanted to live our lives in peace, growing our Cannabis, hanging out near the ocean, breathing the sea air, and enjoying the lush scenery and trees. After being in the desert for a few years, this place seemed like Paradise! We had no idea that the Medical Marijuana community in Washington State was in such disarray, although the lady from The THC Clinic in Oregon told us that it was when we called to get some records transferred. (She actually told us to get the hell out of this state and get back to Oregon, where the community and program is well-established.) But, we really love it here, so we decided to be the change that was needed. The Medical Marijuana program in this state needs all of our help.
Since we have been here, we have not been able to purchase Cannabis from any distributor who knew what strains to use for particular ailments. Most often we are told, "it's pretty stoney". Although there is fabulous Cannabis being grown and distributed here, it is very difficult to find the same strain more than once, and almost impossible to find any medication for less than black market prices. The going rate for an ounce of product among members in Oregon is between 50 to two hundred dollars. Meds can be traded or borrowed between members until a crop comes in, and reasonable compensation for monthly distribution is established between each patient and their caregivers. Most of us carried more than one patient, because it is just as easy to grow for four as it is for one. The giving andsharing mentality makes it all work for everyone.
We have set up this site because we know from experience that there is strength in numbers. Each person has something to add to the whole. If you are a part of the Cannabis community in any way, even if it has previously been through the black market, we NEED your input and your participation. If we share and help each other, this attitude will catch on, and this community will grow, benefiting us all. It is kind-of hard to continue charging outlandish prices when the neighbor up the street is giving his quality medication away for his reasonable compensation, not his greed. Again, there is strength in numbers, and if we stand up as a whole and demand 'Greener' practices within this community, we will get it! What we have to offer in return is our LOYALTY.
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Our philosophy is simple. It's so simple some may not have thought of it. LOVE. Think about it. Every thought and every action comes down to this four-letter word. It's either LOVING or UN-LOVING. Period. Every human being carries The Universal Laws inside their spirit. We'll call this our
'heart' to keep things simple. We all know, in our hearts, when we are behaving in an un-loving manner. Stealing, lying, killing, taking another man's woman, and the like are all un-loving actions that we perpetrate upon each other. We ALL know when we do these things that we are not acting in love. You know. I know. We all know.
We can try to ignore what our heart is saying by using chemicals, wine, strong drink, sex, tobacco, shopping, food, gambling, religion, and all the rest but we only tend to 'hear' that voice more and more. It can be an ugly cycle; trying to shut out our heart's voice.
We have found that the best way to live is to line up with The Universal Laws that have been placed inside our hearts by The Creator, or our Designer.
This simple philosophy and lifestyle allows us to benefit from the plants that grow on this earth. They grow here because WE NEED THEM! Without the plants, we literally will die. Ultimately, we are responsible for the way that we take care of these plants. Remember the little Dr. Seuss cartoon, The Lorax? Every human being has the responsibility of good stewardship when it comes to our planet's resources. This simply means we are supposed to take care of what is placed in our possession.
There is no group of people who can claim a higher authority than another when it comes to the plants. That is silly. Ask any child to tell you who owns the plants and see what their answer is. To be fair, I asked my six-year old son this question as I was writing this blog. He didn't even look up from his project as he gave me the answer! Children know. We all know that the plants belong to The One who created them.
However, this does not stop some groups of people from trying to control the earth's plants. This is nothing new. They have to resort to unloving tactics and violence because they are out of line with The Universe and they know it. This should not matter to us, even though it seems impossible to ignore it, especially when it is our family member or friend who is going to jail because of their lack of love. What really matters is how WE respond to them. If we also use similar unloving tactics to make our points, we end up becoming just like them.
We cannot allow them to discourage us, or to dissuade us from our tasks. It is our responsibility as human beings to do that which WE know is right. We cannot worry about the others, only about ourselves. If we remove the log from our own eye, we can see much better to help remove the splinter from another's eye.
Ultimately, we are responsible for the beings who reside in our household. If we concentrate on doing what we know to be right in this small arena; this positive energy is released to our neighbors, then to our community, our state, our nations, and the whole earth. It starts with each one of us as individuals. When we get this part right, everything else falls easily into place as it should.
In our home, we made special promises to each other and to our Creator. We promised that we would never teach our children lies. In order to fulfill our end of this promise, we have had to analyze every part of our lives to make sure we were not deceived in some way. When we are deceived, we cannot teach Truth. At best we can only hope that our leaders will not lead us to a pit. "If the blind are leading the blind, they will both fall in a pit" is a wonderful little phrase that sums this up beautifully. It doesn't matter what the 'seed' is, if it is a lie to begin with, planting it will only produce weeds, not flowers.
Most of the information surrounding Cannabis in the US is untrue. We were quite surprised (and delighted) to find that the Truth about Cannabis was exactly as we had suspected. No man can outlaw a plant for another human being. How can you tell another person that there is some kind of penalty that may involve prison and losing all that you own for growing a plant?
No one can claim ownership of a plant in order to decide its use because the plants were given to ALL men for our use. Cannabis, in fact, qualifies as FOOD!
"And Elohim(Hebrew word often substituted for the word GOD) said,
"See, I have given you every plant that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it is for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to every creeping creature on the earth, in which there is life, every green plant is for food. And it came to be so. And Elohim saw all that He had made, and see, it was very good. And there came to be morning, the sixth day."
~From Bereshith (also called Genesis) Chapter 1: 29-31
I don't know very much about Science, or the reasons why my body feels better when I put Cannabis in it, or a product containing it, on my skin. Like a mammal to the breast, I respond instinctively to what is best for me. It's only when I listen to outside voices that I begin to doubt. Perhaps this is why we find that teens turn to Marijuana so easily. They learn quickly from their peers that Cannabis use helps them de-stress and have a good time. They are the ones using it because they are the ones who will rebel against authority in order to try it. They are using it, because they tried it! In this country, the lowest use of Cannabis is among white males over the age of 65. They don't use Cannabis because they do not try Cannabis. Most of the men in this age group were taught respect of the law, obedience to elders, and love of country. In their time, you were not considered 'patriotic' or 'loyal' if you questioned your Government, so very few did. We always hear about how terrible it was for African-Americans during the 30's, 40's, and 50's in this country. I don't know that I fully agree with this viewpoint. Blacks may not have been permitted to come into a 'White' club, but they could smoke all the Cannabis they wanted in their own clubs! I may be prejudiced, but I think this discrepancy in the social culture is most easily heard in the music of the times.
It is a simple Universal Law that says we believe what we hear and we do what we believe. If our belief is faulty, then the actions that follow will also be tainted. It won't matter how good our intentions might be. If we keep the higher Universal Laws, it will take care of the lesser laws instituted by man, even if they are ridiculous. The Universe will reward us for acting in LOVE by making it possible for us to keep the other Laws and rules that wicked men decide upon. It is our desire to live a lifestyle of LOVE and PEACE that will enable us to put up with the red tape that is required to enjoy Cannabis as a food or as medication.
For example, The higher Laws require us to think of others more highly than ourselves. Simply put, we treat people the way that we would want to be treated. As a police officer, I would not want to be called away from capturing a Rapist in order to deal with a Grow-site that has been reported to have too many plants. If we don't like the current regulations, we need to start the process of changing them. We are the people. We should be the ones figuring out how many plants are necessary for the average patient so that he maintains his supply over the winter months without needing to turn to The Black Market. As growers, we only hurt this process by disobeying the rules and growing as much as we want in order to distribute it for profit. We have to look past the immediate gratification and concern ourselves with the generations to come. If we do not regulate ourselves, there will not be any genuine strains left.
The Government is not concerned with keeping the strains intact. They are only wanting to make money off the battlesin their expensive war on drugs. They do not care to learn about Cannabis as a diet supplement nor as medication. To them, Cannabis is only a Schedule 1 drug whose use must be monitored and enforced by local government agencies in order to bring money to their agendas. Even when they learn the truth, Government leaders make the choice to ignore it in order to keep making money off those who dare to use it and grow it.
Since it is illegal to grow, consume, or distribute Cannabis in The United States (unless you are one of the eight Federal patients who receive a monthly coffee can filled with joints from our Government);there is the possibility that every one of us could be arrested, just like Eddie Lepp. We have to live our lives according to The higher Laws of LOVE. This requires FAITH, especially in the face of possible arrest. If we live according to Universal Laws, we will be okay no matter what happens. We could get arrested. There are no guarantees. Love does not demand guarantees. We simply show our allegiance to the One we believe when we decide to put our fear aside and start a Cannabis garden. We speak the Truth in Love to our fellow man every time we plant another seed. When we do this, we set a positive chain in motion that will affect every person on this planet. This is our GREEN philosophy.
Editor of WashingtonGreenway Cannabis Community & Club
Friday, January 30, 2009/02:50
Our Thanks to The Amsterdam Seed Company for their beautiful photo of the 'Zen bud' strain above. Thanks to Broderbund for the blue tree photo, and to the artist who did the tree piece.