I think until we have a medical marijuana lobby with enough pull to support de-scheduling of Cannabis from Schedule 1 we are merely the marketing strategy for Big Pharma.
What do you think?SAN FRANCISCO - A bill aimed at providing a framework for overseeing and regulating California's notoriously free-wheeling medical marijuana industry squeaked out of the state Assembly on Thursday despite opponents' claims that the measure would cause pot shops and farms to proliferate rather than face greater accountability.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's AB2312 would for the first time require marijuana dispensaries, growers, delivery services and manufacturers of pot products to register with the state and be overseen by an appointed nine-member board. It also would compel cities and counties to authorize one dispensary for every 50,000 residents unless local officials or voters approve a ban on pot shops.
The measure was modeled after a ballot initiative that medical marijuana advocates crafted last winter after the four federal prosecutors based in California launched a coordinated crackdown on dispensaries and growers they maintained were operating as fronts for illegal drug trafficking. Caught up in the renewed offensive were several suppliers who had been lauded by state and local officials for their strict compliance with the state's 16-year-old medical marijuana law.
If approved by the Senate and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, the bill would represent the first major overhaul to that law in eight years.
Rest here: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article...oversight-bill
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"Board of Medical marijuana Enforcement, which would include a doctor familiar with medical marijuana, two medical marijuana patients and an industry representative." This sounds good. I like the idea of another pro-cannabis group being able to pressure government into full legalization (at at the very least, keep status quo) but with a new regulating body, you never know what issues they'll take on.
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Yep you said it angryblackman.......... decriminalize it, remove it from Schedule 1 and only then we will make true progress!!!
From what I read this morning in the bee, local counties can still ban it or whatever they want. Looks like some stuff like that was tweaked at the last minute to get it thru. But they say chances of it passing in the next step are slim.
"The narrowly approved cannabis bill would create a nine-member commission charged with adopting regulations to govern medical marijuana businesses, which currently have no state oversight or guidance. The commission would have the authority to establish fees for cannabis dispensaries and issue fines and penalties for outlets that do not comply with rules.Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said the proposal - which would also allow local jurisdictions to impose excise taxes on medical marijuana sales - is an attempt to clear up confusion among the state's 58 counties and hundreds of cities without taking away local control..."
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...#ixzz1wZBTA4b2
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Then there's cousin Big Pharma..... Not even gonna go there. LOL