California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Stalls

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 23, 2014 · 0 comments

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Senate Bill 1262, which was a regulatory effort for medical marijuana businesses in California, stalled just one day before deadline. If the bill misses the deadline to pass through fiscal committees, it has to wait until next year.


The bill had backing from the California Police Chiefs Association and the League of California Cities, so proponents of regulation were hopeful the bill would make it through. SB 1262 proposed regulations for dispensaries as well as measures to protect medical marijuana patients, such as guidelines for growing, processing, distribution, labeling and product testing.


In addition, the bill would have created an agency specifically for the oversight of the medical marijuana industry, including licensing and regulation. It would have also tightened regulations on how why physicians could prescribe medical marijuana.


Without regulation, patients have no guarantees or standards for product safety as far as labeling, testing or quality, and pretty much anyone who wants to can start a medical marijuana cooperative or dispensary with no oversight by the state. Currently, most local jurisdictions only have taxes and zoning laws in place for dispensaries.


Under California’s SB 215, patients are allowed to grow, purchase or possess marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor recommendation. Doctors are not allowed to prescribe medical marijuana as long as the DEA still classifies it as a schedule I substance.


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