March 11, 2014

Strong Support for Bill to Regulate MMJ in California

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill to regulate medical marijuana businesses in the state, hoping to finally bring some order to the most turbulent MMJ market in the country.

And unlike similar bills that fizzled out in the past, this one has some high-level support: The League of California Cities and the California Police Chiefs Organization are both backing the measure. These two influential groups have previously “unconditionally” opposed all efforts to regulate the state’s cannabis industry.

The latest measure – SB 1262, introduced by State Sen. Lou Correa – would require dispensaries and cultivation sites to obtain licenses from California’s health department and also secure operating permits from local officials.

moneyshowsellingouthorizontal Strong Support for Bill to Regulate MMJ in CaliforniaThe state would also develop procedures for testing marijuana and impose significant new restrictions on doctors who recommend medical marijuana.

Patients could only receive MMJ recommendations from their primary physician or a licensed specialist they have been referred to by their main doctor.

Physicians would have to complete a certification course and provide specific consumption instructions when recommending medical marijuana, including dosage and even strain. They would also have to issue frequent reports to the state about the number of MMJ recommendations they have made and the reasons for each one.


6 Comments:

  1. If they worried half this much about pharmaceuticals or alcohol there would be over 200,000 less deaths each year……can’t say that about cannabis! Everyone needs to start making decisions based on what is best for everyone…..not just the police who really enjoy the target rich environment our country’s war on drugs has created!

  2. Most of the recommendations listed for SB 1262 are already being used! Doctor’s must apply for a Federal permit to recommend anyway! All the dispensaries I’m familiar with are READY to pay taxes on what they sell. There are third party testers for all dispensary products already! Why is this congressman trying to reinvent the wheel? Recently, the Governor said he’d wait and see how new recreational use laws in WA, and CO would work out before signing new legislation! California should seriously look at areas within the state where current mmj laws are WORKING and stop trying to re-make history! States that have decriminalized cannabis HAVE RESEARCH going on! Those that don’t have this legislation in place are missing revenue! California just needs to apply Prop. 215 throughout the state!

  3. Great, nothing like having a bunch of cops and city council members tell doctors what to prescribe for there patients. And where did the cops and Council members get there doctors licenses? And why does California need more control over medical marijuana? Are there bank robberies being done by medical marijuana users? No. Are there deaths occurring anywhere from medical marijuana? No. Are there massive accidents all caused by medical marijuana users? No. Are medical marijuana users selling there bodies so they can buy another joint of marijuana? No. Plan and simple, this is all a scam to inhibit marijuana usage. Why would someone want to inhibit marijuana? Mainly ignorance and bigotry.

  4. Kristi Alvarado

    Much agreed and well said Atson

  5. There is definitely a place for medical marijuana in our society! There are so many who are already benefitting from using the marijuana products with low THC. However, if you look at all the proven scientific research you will see that most marijuana does have some very long term negative effects on the brain. It has dramatic effects on the prefrontal cortex of the brain! That area is important for many reasons and is the area of the brain that helps with our judgement. One in 11 people will be come addicted to it! Another problem is that today’s marijuana is many times higher that it was back in the 1970′s! People want the more potent weed. So you see, it is NOT harmless! If you doubt what I’m saying, watch Dr. Sonjay Gupta’s entire documentary on marijuana for both medical purposes and recreation. It’s on CNN. Be sure to watch it from beginning to end! It is really interesting and very exciting! I’m telling you this just for information.

  6. DeeDee, contrary to what so many say pot in the old days of hippies was far stronger then most pot today. I am sure you have heard of Panama Red, Acapulco Gold, Tie Stick and such. these were far stronger then the marijuana you get today. Our government tested mainly dirt weed from Mexico so they could say that marijuana was getting stronger and as such the problem was getting worse. It was a scam.

    There will always be people who say they are addicted to something no matter what it is. Some say about 10% of people have an adductive personality. Of all the drugs what better drug could you be adducted to then marijuana? No one has ever died from it. It is hardly debilitating. If you get addicted to any other drug, say tobacco, alcohol or prescription pills there is a good chance they are going to kill you. For adductive personality people marijuana is a savior.

    As to long term effects on the brain, marijuana/hash users have been studied for more then 200 years, mainly British study, and no ill effects have been found. We all know everyone has been lied to about marijuana for years and years. If they lied in the past it is a good chance they will lie now.

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