California Working Toward State Regulation of Medical Marijuana

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 8, 2014 · 0 comments

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While California has legalized the use of medical marijuana, the state has left regulation of pot to individual cities and municipalities, which has lead to conflicting laws all over the state.


For example, the city of Berkeley recently passed a city ordinance requiring dispensaries to give away pot to low-income residents and Los Angeles recently held the state’s first marijuana farmer’s market over July Fourth weekend, while 200 different other localities across the state have banned medical marijuana use altogether.


State lawmaker Lou Correrea is working with growers, the League of Cities and the Police Chiefs Association to pass legislation that would provide a regulatory framework for all of California, including patient safety and testing guidelines. Such guidelines would help dispensaries and patients determine the quality of product they are getting. Quality standards currently vary widely between growers, and edibles made with marijuana extracts are not required to be labeled for product safety.


SB 1262 provides a regulatory framework for the business end of medical marijuana, but has no provisions to protect patients, such as product testing, labeling or safety. Medical marijuana activists are concerned that the bill is more concerned with generating revenue and creating zoning laws than protecting patient safety and ensuring that California’s nearly 1 million medical marijuana patients have legal access to dispensaries and growers.


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