California Cops Want to Make Prescribing Medical Marijuana a Crime

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 29, 2014 · 0 comments

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Law enforcement in California say there’s a problem with medical marijuana. They say doctors are handing out “recommendations” for medical marijuana to anyone who asks, and they want to make it a crime.


Physicians aren’t allowed to prescribe medical marijuana to anyone, actually. As long as the DEA has medical marijuana classified as a schedule I substance, no one can ever prescribe it. But the AMA has provided doctors with guidelines as to what patient symptoms, illnesses and disorders can be helped through the use of medical marijuana. Currently under California law, if you present to your physician with condition that can be helped with MMJ, he or she can recommend you try it. That’s all it takes to be able to legally use marijuana in California.


But California law enforcement, who helped back the medical marijuana regulatory bill SB 1262, which just failed in the State Assembly, say that’s not enough. They wrote a provision in the now failed bill that would make the Medical Board of California prioritize cases involving malpractice or patient harm when the case involves a medical marijuana recommendation.


However, the Medical Board of California says they don’t receive many complaints about physicians overprescribing pot. In the 2012-2013 Medical Board enforcement report, medical marijuana doesn’t even register. Prescription drug abuse is mentioned a few times, though.


More than 750,000 Californians have been given recommendations for medical marijuana, but the medical board isn’t receiving complaints about those recommendations, either from citizens or cops.


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