Lifevine Medical Group

Lifevine Medical Group is a non-profit membership association of patients who work together, pooling resources to produce the highest quality medical marijuana at the lowest cost possible. Unlike a buyers club or dispensary, Lifevine does not buy marijuana and resell it to patients; qualifying patients share responsibility for the resources required to produce and process medical cannabis.

Why is marijuana legal in Washington? It's all about the money--hundreds of millions in tax dollars. On July 1st 2016, after profiting handsomely on recreational users for 15 months, the state started cashing in on the misfortunes of those with terminal and debilitating illnesses. Hundreds of medical dispensaries were forced to close, leaving thousands of patients suddenly unable to obtain medical-grade cannabis. Even with free sales tax, recreational marijuana is still out of reach for most patients. The hefty 37% excise tax makes state-regulated marijuana too expensive for medical use.  

People who suffer from terminal or debilitating medical conditions do not lead normal lives. Most are unable to compete in the employment marketplace. Seriously ill people are, by definition, less able to support themselves than others. Many are virtually indigent, barely subsisting on meager resources. Government studies indicate that the average pot user in Washington consumes 2.3 grams, about two and a half joints, per week. Cannabis patients may need ten times that amount.  But severely ill people cannot afford to pay the inflated prices set by organized criminals, nor by organized capitalists.

Commercial pot is not the same as medical-grade cannabis. Commercial marijuana is mass-produced by factory-farmers who are working with a very small profit margin.  Commercial marijuana sold in state-regulated retail stores is grown with low-cost synthetic fertilizers, and 250 approved pesticides. In at least 2 cases we know of, non-approved pesticides have been used on marijuana sold to the public. Commercial marijuana is mostly grown outdoors, without the environmental controls required to produce medical-grade cannabis.

Medical-grade cannabis is produced with concern for long-term chronic users who consume large amounts over long periods of time. Medical-grade cannabis is grown with high-quality organic nutrients and NO PESTICIDES. Medical-grade cannabis is grown indoors without insects and airborne pollutants. Medical-grade cannabis is washed at harvest-time with an antiseptic to eliminate contaminants and microbes that might have collected on the plants.

Aside from improper growing techniques, the genetic varieties grown in the state-system are not medicinal strains. Recreational users seek types with high percentages of THC because that is the ingredient with strong intoxicating properties. Cannabis patients may use much greater amounts than healthy people, but they develop a tolerance to the intoxication. Medical users seek to relieve pain, correct physiological problems, and/or reduce the side-effects of pharmaceutical drugs. They generally do not wish to increase nerve sensitivity or anxiety with the high-THC dominant sativa types preferred by recreational users. A medicinal strain promotes relaxation and healing feelings due to several medicinal compounds. CBD, CBN, CBC, CBG, and other cannabinoids modify the psychotropic effects of THC, reducing mental and neurological stimulation, while adding their particular medicinal qualities. Recreational pot has far lower levels of the important medicinal compounds. Moreover, some of the most effective cannabis medications, like high-CBD and high-potency extract oils needed to fight seizures and cancer, are simply not available at licensed retail stores.

Washington voters approved recreational marijuana sold in state stores because, as the Yes on I 502! Website still reads:

“I-502 does not change the Washington State Medical Use of Cannabis Act. Patients still may grow their own marijuana. The law provides only that patients can grow for themselves, designate others to grow for them, or join a collective garden consisting of no more than 10 patients.”

( newapproachwa.org )

But I 502 HAS changed the medical laws. The state has attempted to eliminate medical cannabis by substituting recreational pot licensed by WA Liquor and Cannabis Control Board. The government has imposed unworkable limits on severely ill patients, limits that were created with the sole purpose of increasing tax revenue.

Long before I-502, Washington voters approved the Medical Use of Marijuana Act of 1998. The voters clearly intended to remove this most vulnerable population, seriously ill people who use marijuana as medicine, from the devastating effects of the War on Pot. However, ever since the original medical marijuana initiative became law, many patients have been forced to defend themselves in court for possessing personal amounts. In our current era, with the legalization of recreational sales, the role has been reversed: Big Brother has become the pot pusher. Yet for those who depend on medical cannabis, the facts of life have not changed since 1998—we are still required to defend our rights with the Affirmative Defense.

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How to Join Lifevine Medical Group

As of June 1, 2010 medical cannabis authorizations issued by doctors must be printed on special tamper-proof paper. This precaution greatly reduces the risk of falsification; therefore, we no longer have to verify patients' identity. That speeds up and simplifies the enrollment process greatly. If you are a patient interested in joining Lifevine Medical Group, you may now initiate the process.

You must come to our office during business hours with your valid, original legal documentation. This includes:

  1. a copy of your doctor's authorization;

  2. a copy of your WA State Driver's License or State ID;

  3. your current contact information and current contact information for your doctor.

Upon joining the Network, Lifevine members must sign a membership agreement, which explains their legal rights and responsibilities under WA State law, RCW 69.51a.

4. Still need a medical authorization?

If your condition can be legally treated with medical cannabis under the Washington State law, but you don't have a doctor's authorization, you need to have the discussion with your doctor. If he/she sees fit to recommend medical cannabis, your doctor must fill out an official authorization form. Make sure the current version of the form is being used. The form must be printed on special tamper-resistant paper only your doctor can obtain.

If you don't have a doctor willing to authorize your use of medical cannabis our information on finding a physician may help you find a more open-minded medical provider. It has become a little easier since I-5798 became law in June of 2010.

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  • The word “cooperative” is used in agriculture to describe a group of growers who own and operate an organization to market the fruits of their labor for mutual financial gain.

  • The word “collective” is used in agriculture to describe a group of growers who actually farm together, working in a closed system, on a not-for-profit basis, with no outside market.

  • Sharing resources among a small group of patients who produce marijuana for their personal use is now legal under Washington state law, RCW: 69.51A.

 

 
 

 

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