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Marijuana: One Step Closer To State Regulation

Thursday a bill that aims to regulate medical marijuana passed the California State Assembly.

In a 41-28 vote Thursday, the California State Assembly passed a bill that would regulate the production and distribution of medical marijuana for qualified patients.

AB 2312, the Medical Marijuana Regulate, Control and Tax Act, was introduced earlier this year by Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and others. The bill aims to establish a state regulatory system for medical marijuana under the Department of Consumer Affairs. Under the proposal, medicinal cannabis dispensaries would become state-licensed.

The bill would also require cities and counties to allow at least one marijuana dispensary for every 50,000 residents -- unless local voters specifically approve a ban or tighter restrictions. Read the full text of the measure here.

Although California voters approved legalizing medical marijuana in the 1990s, currently pot dispensaries are banned throughout most of Riverside County, including Lake Elsinore, Wildomar and unincorporated area. The bans are not voter approved.

To date, the state has left regulation up to its localities, and there are dozens of different local ordinances regulating medical marijuana dispensaries.

"Responding to calls from local officials, the State Supreme Court and Attorney General Kamala Harris, the state legislature took a significant step today toward clarifying the often-confusing terrain of medical marijuana distribution in California," according to a news release from Americans for Safe Access, which lobbies on behalf of medical marijuana patients and is one of the members of a broad-based coalition calling itself Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana (CRMM).

"We applaud the Assembly for taking leadership on statewide regulations and we hope the State Senate also does the right thing by addressing medical marijuana as a public health issue," said Don Duncan, the California director with Americans for Safe Access.

Advocates are also awaiting word on a second bill, SB 1182, which clarifies the dispensing of medicinal cannabis in California. Read about the proposal here.

N1smo2go June 01, 2012 at 11:27 PM
You and all those that want to smoke marijauna legally- will fund and pay for the enforcement, regulation, and dispensar costs. You will register in a database that links your SSN to the IRS and you will have an additional tax applied to your income to pay for it. You will not be allowed to sue companies for discrimination when they fire you for not complying with our drug free workplace. You surrender your license after the first time getting pulled over under the influence You agree to these and you will get my vote until then the answer is NO. And calling names gets you no where, it justs shows how immature you will become when you are questioned on your opinion and I am not a conservative, I am an independent, but believe that people do need to have their rights limited when it can negatively affect others.
Steve June 02, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I am experiencing the wrath of medical marijuana on a personal level. There is a web site up and running that sells "medicinal marijuana" the site map directs those wanting to purchase to my business complex, from there the buyer makes a phone call and then the buyer leaves my complex and I assume meets the seller at a different location. For over two months now my business complex has had the strangest traffic coming in and out of it. The complex is one way in and one way out and there are only three businesses currently in this 14 bay complex so it's not hard to tell when cars should not be there. Surprisingly the drivers of these vehicles are all in their 20's. I am amazed at how naive these kids are to get their "medicinal marijuana" and it doesn't enter in their minds that this could possibly be a set up from the DEA. I have called the number on their site and asked them to remove our address and location with no resolve. I turned this matter over to another source for resolve. Do we really have that many sick 20 years olds in need of medicinal marijuana??? 13 dispensaries at one time on Grand Avenue in Lakeland Village all of them had nothing but young men and women hanging around them. If your fight is to have marijuana legalized for medical reasons only, how are you going to stop all these young adults from paying 50 bucks for a card that aren't sick and just want to get high? That really concerns me.
N1smo2go June 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
It's not a conservative thing or a liberal thing to arrest those that break the law. It's like you all want to subvert it for your own well being. I don't care how miniscule you see it, if you break the law you should be put in jail. Lack of order and discipline leads to chaos, just look at the ancient civiliations before us. They all fell why? We can only look at some of what they left behind to tell us. You are in the minority that want to legalize it and it bugs you and others like you that are basically telling you how you are to live. Pot is not the major factor here, you want to do what you want without anyone telling you are wrong, and that is what's wrong today. You hate having someone point their finger in your face and tellilng you are wrong because you can't have your way. I have never used any type of illegal substance because my career and security clearance requires it, but it doesn't mean I am willing to be a follower and just do it because it's good for me, or everyone else it doing it. Prolonged use does have consequences as my uncle being a forensics toxicologist has proven to me from slideshows of human anatomy affected by POT. Why would I want you on my block under the influence of this drug, why would I want to work with you in my office, why would I want to pay taxes to help fund a habit I don't partake in. There is no war on drugs, it's a war on money and the government is not making any money on drugs so we criminilize it and those that partake.
Art June 02, 2012 at 12:21 AM
The medicinal argument would be completely accepted by all if it was applied correctly. Any 18 year old can go to a "clinic" and complain of back pain, insomnia, etc, and received a prescription. If it was truly used in the manner it should be it would be accepted. However, we all know the majority of customers are not cancer patients and/or truly need it for medicinal purposes. With all the dispensaries that were operating on Grand Ave, Lake Elsinore must have an abnormally high rate of true patients. There were more dispensaries open, then there were regular pharmacies operating in Lake Elsinore. When a comprehensive plan is in place, such as licensing, strict enforcement and quick solid investigations are ready, I will change my stance and be completely behind it.
Anon June 02, 2012 at 01:00 AM
You do not know me anything about me. My father died from lung cancer at 56 and my mom died of complications of M.S. Do not ever act like you know anything about me or what I have seen. I took care of my mom when I was 17 years old. Ms d I will debate you on this any day any time! It's not about legalizing marijuana it's about who we let smoke it. Too many dumbass 18 year olds who think they need it! Dog bite me! If it's going to be handed out then do it in a more professional manner than a run down house on grand!
Diana June 02, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I agree with AG, there is nothing positive about a bunch of 18-20 year olds running all over the place stoned out of their minds because they have a medicinal card that some quack doctor gave them and there is not a damn medical thing wrong with them. There needs to be a whole lot of thought, organization and stipulations that need to go into the legalization of MJ for those that need it, but we all know to that those that have the card can also grow so many plants of their own for personal use too so they really are not going without.
Kevin_Hunt June 02, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I would rather hear liberals whine than a big government socialist-conservative lie to me by telling me that marijuana prohibition is a cost-effective policy.
Mike Parent June 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
n1smo2go said "What you think is cruel and unusual punishment to me is the upholding the law of the land to allow people to move freely within this country without being endangered by some one " Well, you're out of luck. Alcohol is a drug. So is Oxy and all other legal narcotics. AND Segregation was the "Law of the Land", in the South, at least, in my lifetime. So was herding Japanese AMERICANS and caging them for years. Being a law doesn't make it right!n Especially laws, conceived, born and nurtured from lies, greed and racism. GIGO!
Kevin_Hunt June 02, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Would you advocate applying all of these regulations to alcohol drinkers, legitimate prescription pain pill users, and tobacco smokers? I would agree to your proposal if that were the case.
Kevin_Hunt June 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM
You should seriously consider watching your employees when they give the samples for your drug tests. How else can you make sure that they aren't using fake pee? In the military, the test administrator stands right next to the test subject and has a clear view of the subject's genitals for the duration of the urination. You can't be too careful these days.
Kevin_Hunt June 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
American Girl said "I love arguing with drug addict liberals. It's like arguing with a tree". It's clear that American Girl honed her debate skills by arguing with trees. I wonder what her neighbors think about this kind of behavior?
Anon June 02, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Kevin you are the tree I am referring to !
Kevin_Hunt June 02, 2012 at 07:00 PM
So please explain how I am "like a tree"? This is an irrelevant name calling exercise, just like your attacks on "liberals". I am a conservative, so don't bother trying to hurt my feelings by calling me a liberal. I would sincerely like to hear your response to these facts: Holland, Spain, and Portugal have decriminalized marijuana. In Peru it is legal. Compare these use rates: U.S.=13.7%, Holland=5.4%, Spain=10.6%, Portugal=3.6%, Peru=0.2% (Source: UNODC World Drug Report 2011). Also, past month users in the U.S. have increased slightly from 5.8% in 1988 to 6.6% in 2009 (Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive), despite the war on drugs spending increasing from $9.7 billion in 1990 to $15 billion in 2010 (Source: ONDCP fact sheet 172873).
Anon June 02, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Kevin Kevin Kevin because it's like arguing with people who are not worth arguing with. It's like trying to reason with the unreasonable. I am against collectives, but I am for medicinal marijuana when it's disppensed in a regulated manner. I think legalizing pot is creating more problems. That's my opinion. If you don't like it or agree with it, I don't care. I am obviously getting under your skin. Don't take it personal. Lighten up, smoke a joint!
Kevin_Hunt June 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
You say those with differing opinions on marijuana policy are not "worth arguing with", but I see 8 posts on this page where you are arguing with them. You then say "I love arguing with drug addict liberals." So which is it? Is it not worth arguing, or do you love arguing? You should strive to be more consistent; it will help your argument. It honestly does not bother me that you are against recreational weed. You are not getting under my skin. I am puzzled as to why you would advocate me "smoking a joint", considering you are against legalizing pot. I would like to debate marijuana policy with you specifically because you have a different opinion. Please explain how marijuana prohibition in the U.S. has been effective in reducing use and availability, considering the information that you now have on Holland, Spain, Portugal, and Peru. Thanks!
Anon June 02, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Kevin since I live in the U.S. I really could give a rip about Holland, Spain, Portugal and Peru. Really? LIke I care about them? Good Lord! Leave me alone!
Kevin_Hunt June 02, 2012 at 11:57 PM
American Girl: You don't want to acknowledge the fact that marijuana decriminalization and legalization leads to lower use rates in other places where it has been tried. In fact, you don't have much to offer in terms of substantive proof that prohibition works well by any measure in the USA. I will promise to "leave you alone" if you promise me that I get the last word on this issue. If you respond to me again, I will assume that the debate has not been settled and you really do "love to argue", as you said before. Thanks.
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 03, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I'm neutral on the matter in most respects. There's pros/cons. Both sides have legitimate arguments. But I will say this: EVERY person I see that is blazed is clearly near useless while under the influence. A stupid smirk, a couch, red eyes, and a general "duuhhh" disposition. Not sure if this is totally harmful in moderation, but if it consumes the person entirely, then pot is for sure no bueno.
Wayne Williams June 15, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I am hosting a town hall Thursday June 28th from 6-9pm at the Storm Stadium and would like to personally invite all the above individuals. Our confirmed speakers are Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (law enforcement)- Robert Platshorn, The Silver Tour, Florida (seniors)- Dr. David Bearman, Medical Marijuana outspoken advocate (medical field)- Gretchen Burns Bergman, Executive Director of Mom’s United and Co-Founder of A New Path, she served as State Chairperson for Proposition 36. (mother’s/community)- Michael Krawitz, Director of Veterans For Medical Marijuana Access (veterans)- Ed Rosenthal, Marijuana Activist (previous speaker) (activist)- Charles Monson, Patient & Director of Wheels of Mercy (previous speaker) (patient/activist/quadriplegic)- Joe Grumbine, previous dispensary operator, activist (activist/victim of the failed drug policy). Or you can go to http://www.facebook.com/events/451780151516619/ and receive more information.
Wayne Williams June 15, 2012 at 02:24 AM
continued: Please let me know if you would like to attend? send me a RSVP to senatebill420@gmail.com. American Girl I do appreciate your concerns which is the reason why we hold town hall meetings to discuss important issue such as medical marijuana. I truly believe you would enjoy this event. You will be provided a microphone to present your questions to a 33 year veteran of the Maryland State Police, a doctor, a state representative for Proposition 36 and executive director of New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), a non-profit organization that works to reduce the stigma associated with addictive illness through education and compassionate support and to advocate for therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies, a patient/advocate/quadriplegic, an attorney, an advocate, and finally a activist. OR you may "Educate" yourself about this issue. I will RSVP your with a seat reserved with American Girl/the Patch name card for you. I will be looking forward to introducing myself to you in person and welcoming you to the invent. patch viewers: please come up to me and introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you as well! 2010 statistics: (FACT) 68,000 marijuana arrest @ $47,000/year per prisoner; (FACT) California cuts teachers to provide enough funding for the prisoners. "Common Sense!"
Norman Gooding November 25, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I am going to hazard a guess about American Girl,,her income is derived from marijuana prohibition,directly or indirectly,,she cannot/will not accept any scientific studies proving medical efficacy of marijuana nor will she speak with retired law enforcement about the harm prohibition is doing to not only our country but the world. When a person appears to have as much intelligence as AG demonstrates here and refuses to acknowledge any evidence placed before her,,she has her own dog in this fight,,her paycheck,,and nobody will "educate" her paycheck away from her.
Kevin_Hunt November 25, 2012 at 04:18 PM
American Girl lost big on November 6th. Two legal states and one more medical marijuana state!! Prohibitionists are losers because prohibition is losing.
Anon November 25, 2012 at 07:21 PM
What the heck? Who are you people and why are you talking about me today? I could give a rip about Colorado and Washington. Get a freakin life!
Anon November 25, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Hey all you stupid stoners, this article is from May its almost December. Move along!!
Carl Petersen III November 25, 2012 at 07:54 PM
American 11:27 am on Sunday, November 25, 2012 "Hey all you stupid stoners, this article is from May its almost December. Move along!!" Funny, prior to my post there were four posts from November and half of them were yours!
Kevin_Hunt November 25, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Move along, you stupid prohibitionist. You are a freaking idiot.
Kevin_Hunt November 25, 2012 at 07:56 PM
" What the heck? Who are you people and why are you talking about me today? I could give a rip about Colorado and Washington. Get a freakin life!" You can stick your failed prohibition up your back end, American Statist.
Anon November 25, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Ok boys, I responded to a post to me Carl , not you, unless you are Kevin or Norman. I have things to do today, so I am out! Enjoy this beautiful day and stop being trolls!
Carl Petersen III November 25, 2012 at 08:15 PM
American 12:08 pm on Sunday, November 25, 2012 "Ok boys, I responded to a post to me Carl , not you, unless you are Kevin or Norman. I have things to do today, so I am out! Enjoy this beautiful day and stop being trolls!" And I responded to a public post where once again you displayed your usual hypocrisy. If we put it up for a vote, most people would agree that you are the troll. In case you don't remember, it is your profile that says: "I believe that liberals are the downfall of our great country. I come on here to annoy each and every one of them as often as I can. Its fun for me!" Sounds like the very definition of a troll.
Kevin_Hunt November 25, 2012 at 08:33 PM
"stop being trolls!"..coming from someone who says: "libs whine and whine until they get their way. Big babies is what they are!..I love arguing with drug addict liberals. It's like arguing with a tree…getting rid of liberals will…. you are the tree I am referring to….." Looks like you can dish out the trolling but can't take it. Your Socialist-Liberal-Mormon-Prohibitionist Mitt lost to the Pot-Smoking-ist President of all time. Suck it up!! Legalization is winning !! Before you argue that Mitt is a Conservative, you should take a look at his record as Gov of Mass. You can't get away from the commie-liberals even if you vote Republican. Ha Ha Ha. Quoting Mitt Romney: "There's something to be said for having a Republican who supports civil rights in this broader context, including sexual orientation. I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican party and I would be a voice in the Republican party to foster anti-discrimination efforts... ...I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose, and I am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard." Source: http://www.massresistance.org/romney/email_030212.html

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