A proposed ban on medical marijuana gardens in Kent prompted residents and activists to fill Kent City Hall on Monday night, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported.
A three-person committee considered an ordinance that would close two places in the city where patients can legally buy medical marijuana.
“Without dispensaries, I’d be forced to turn to seedy back alley dealers and a criminal cartel — probably gun-toting,” said Kari Boiter, a medical marijuana patient. “I would have nowhere else to go.”
Patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain told the committee that gardens like Evergreen Association of Collective Gardens are their pharmacy.
“Please, I’m begging you, do not take my medicine, do not kill me,” said Jennifer Liddo, a medical marijuana patient.
Some committee members said state and federal laws clash on the subject of medical marijuana and that places like Evergreen are too artful in how they manage to walk the line.
“… And change who they are to comply with the state regulation, and that feels kind of shady and like a sham to me,” said Deborah Ranniger of the Kent City Council.
The committee voted 2-1 to send the proposed ban to the full city council to make a decision, which is expected on June 5.
Activists said that if it passes, a lawsuit will quickly follow.
– Article orginally from KIROTV.com.