LCB outlaws Cannabis Oil

Posted: June 4, 2013 in Cannabis

Recent Washington State news brings the need for the cannabis community to unite and address the draft rules and regulations for the cannabis community. The Liquor Control Board (LCB) has drafted rules that outlaw the sale of hash, hash oil and shatter from the cannabis market. The state will, however, allow cannabis infused products so long as they are not sold in its concentrated pure form.

I’m not sure the LCB understand how important it is for patients to have access to concentrated forms of cannabis oil to manage their severe pain and other illnesses. In addition, concentrated forms of cannabis oil may also be rubbed onto skin rashes and other skin problems that need relief. Some patients need concentrated forms of cannabis oil in order to alleviate their pain. There is a particular patient who has smoked cannabis flower, ate medibles, consumed tinctures, and vaporized with cannabis oil but the only cannabis product that helps alleviate her chronic pain is Shatter, a hard candy-like consistent form of oil. If the LCB outlaws the oil products then patients will have to resort to unhealthy treatment options like the opiates prescribed by doctors. Most patients that I talk to do not want to consume opiates, codeine or any other hard pharmaceutical drug to alleviate their pain, because she feels that the drugs are harsh on her body.

If the cannabis community allows the state to outlaw cannabis oil concentrates, then we will have a life-safety issue at hand. The market will dictate the demand, and if the state does not regulate the oil and allow manuacturers to produce it the market will push the product into the black market, and we will have people producing cannabis in an unregulated and unsafe environment. Not too long ago, the owner of a reputable cannbais company blew himself up and part of his apartment building he was using to manufacture the oil; he was badly hurt but noone was killed or hurt, but that is not the point. The point is that whether the state likes it or not, there is a market for the oil and it will be produced illegally if it is not regulated by the state.

The cannabis community needs to come together and think about the patient’s safety, and access to their preferred choice of cannabis products.

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