DOJ Criticizes California’s Lack of Marijuana Regulation

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on February 6, 2015 · 0 comments

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An official with the Department of Justice said that California needed to do a better job of regulating medical marijuana in the state.


Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the Los Angeles Times that if state officials didn’t want the federal government coming in to prosecute growers and users of medical marijuana, then they should “get your regulatory act together.”


The criticism comes right after a new regulatory bill failed to make it through committee for a vote this November. Senate Bill 1262 would have regulated the cultivation, production and sale of medical marijuana in the state of California, as well as imposing stricter rules on physicians who recommend the drug. Marijuana activists are working to get a new regulatory bill together in time for the 2016 elections. Many advocates began rejecting the bill towards the end of the amendment process, saying there was too much emphasis on taxation and regulation, and not enough protection for medical marijuana patients. There were no standards for processing, packing or labeling marijuana included in the bill, and advocates said without these standards in place, patients could not count on either the quality or consistency of the product they were purchasing.


Unlike other states that have legalized medical marijuana, California has no statewide regulations. Cities and counties each have their own rules regarding the sale and production of medical marijuana.


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