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Steve Sarich At The 2014 Seattle Cannabis Freedom March


Steve Sarich has been a valued commenter on The Weed Blog for many years now. I always look forward to reading what he has to say. Sometimes we disagree, but that’s something that I welcome on this blog. We tend to agree most of the time. And I’ve always felt that more ideas are always better than less ideas, even if some people don’t agree with them. Below is video of Steve Sarich of the Cannabis Action Coalition, speaking at Volunteer Park, Seattle, May 10, 2014:


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  1. Tired of Sarich's Hustle on

    It in nice to see that Steve is up in Seattle. We don’t want him sleeping on our couches in Olympia

  2. I don’t understand how he can say the medicine will be $40-$50 per gram. There are states with non-profit dispensaries, patient registries and where patients pay taxes on the medicine, and the prices are nowhere near that. These seem like scare tactics to me, and are not unlike the fact-lacking scare tactics that got us into this mess in the first place.

  3. This guy confuses me. How can one mind contain all these contradictory thoughts?

    $40-$50 per gram does sound unreasonable. That’s why I’ve never seen any reasonable accounting of that price estimate from any honest interpretation of proposed taxes, anywhere. My libertarian friends are constantly trying to scare me with “prop math” like this — and they always get angry when I ask to see the figures.

    No taxes, no patient registry… And yet, he wants “to pass new laws so that we’re actually regulated in the state of Washington.” Not sure how he wants to regulate the industry AT ALL, let alone how he expects the state to pay for this wonderful, new bureaucracy with “not even 1%” of taxes collected.

    I’ve always been a pragmatist, which makes a lot of people angry. My concern for actually solving a problem with a REAL solution always takes a back-seat to the opinions of those who like stages and microphones. In my state, we’d happily accept a registry of patients if we got non-profit dispensaries in the deal. We’d even accept the Michigan model of primary caregivers AND a registry. It just makes sense to me — the pharmacy needs to know who you are, too. A patient registry is a smart compromise that “no compromises” Washington didn’t want to make, which was a stupid way to do it. Dispensaries are illegal in Washington state because they didn’t want a patient registry. Period.

    Frankly, agreeing to a patient registry is the clearest way to tell lawmakers that we’re not closeted criminals looking for a free pass to do something unethical. A patient registry means we’re not ashamed of who we are or what we’re doing. Medical cannabis patients and providers should be willing to prove we’re not antithetical to the law, but instead, we would like to be citizens under its protection, again. “Us vs Them” works great on stage. Doesn’t do a damn thing for those of us who aren’t standing up there, however.

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