Who We are
Lifevine, Compassion In Action and Green Cross, Seattle’s oldest, best-known patient exchanges, recently merged into a powerful Triple-Crown Patients' Network. It
We encourage our patients to experiment with various methods of medicating, such as vaporization, and provide instruction on non-smoking methods to members, on a case-by-case basis. We carry a full line of medical marijuana products, including:
- herbal tinctures
- medicated baked goods
- topical solutions
All these products may be used for pain, swelling, cuts, burns, scratches, rashes, insect bites, sunburns, dry/chapped skin, stiff neck, headaches (even migraines), arthritis, tendonitis, nausea/vomiting, depression, and much more!
We are open to Washington State residents with a qualifying condition, who present a need for medical marijuana on advice of their physician. The Initiative, or I-692, passed overwhelmingly by the people of Washington State in November of 1998, allowed individuals with qualifying conditions the right to legally possess and grow marijuana.
After a similar measure passed in California, federal officials reminded physicians that it is illegal to prescribe marijuana. They have threatened California physicians with revocation of their federally issued license to prescribe drugs, blacklisting from eligibility for the Medicare and Medicaid programs and even criminal prosecution. Out of fear, many doctors have become reluctant to discuss medical marijuana altogether.
However, a lawsuit filed against Federal government by several California physicians, and some patients and organizations, has succeeded in eliminating most of the risk for physicians who recommend medical marijuana. Moreover, Washington’s Governor Gregoire has just signed a new Senate Bill. After June 10th, 2010, SB-5798 will allow naturopaths and nurse practitioners – not just MDs – to recommend medicinal use of marijuana.
Yet, due to the risks and stigma doctors have faced – and still face under federal law – they may still hesitate to recommend medical cannabis to patients. Most certainly, if your physician appears to have helped a patient obtain marijuana, it doesn’t appear beneficial to his ability to continue practicing medicine.
In view of the legal situation, patients should not ask doctors to suggest a place or person from whom to obtain marijuana; obtaining the medicine your doctor recommends is the sole responsibility of the patient. That is why our patient network is stronger than ever, and growing. We welcome new members.