The Poison Pill in SB 1262

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 9, 2014 · 0 comments

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Medical marijuana advocates are concerned about what they say is a poison pill in Senate Bill 1262, a regulatory bill currently being amended by the California State Assembly.


The poison pill measure is one that allows the state of California to shut down any dispensary for any reason. The language in the measure reads, “The bureau shall deny an application for a license if issuance of that license would tend to create a law enforcement problem, [or if issuance would result in or add to an undue concentration of licenses.]”


Advocates complain that the measure doesn’t provide details on how a dispensary would create a law enforcement problem, or provide remedies that the dispensary could take. Some say that passage of SB 1262 with this provision left in tact could mean that up to two-thirds of California without access to medical marijuana since the measure gives total veto power to cities, counties and even other states, and provides no appeal process for the dispensary owner.


A California Citizen Lobby day has been planned for August 4 to allow the public to meet with state representatives and talk about regulating medical marijuana activity, providing incentives for cities and counties to regulate medical marijuana instead of banning it, and protecting medical marijuana users from discrimination in health care, parental rights, employment and housing.


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