Legislation proposes state regulated medical marijuana

March 11, 2014

med potA California state senator recently introduced legislation to have state regulated medical marijuana. If passed, the state would have oversight of pot farmers, doctors who prescribe medical marijuana cards and the stores that sell it.

Since 1996 when the people of California voted to legalize medical marijuana, the industry has been poorly regulated and rife with legal issues. Medical marijuana advocates support the statewide regulatory scheme because they believe the industry will be less susceptible to federal raids and arrests.

The bill, SB 1262, introduced by state Sen. Lou Correa, was constructed by the California Police Chiefs Association and the League of California Cities.

In the past, California law enforcement officials have forcefully opposed any legislation seen as legitimizing a marijuana industry. Their opposition is supposedly based on the belief that medical marijuana businesses are profiteering shams that were never authorized by California voters.

However, Marijuana advocates contend that police are unwilling to support marijuana legalization because they are too invested in pot policing through drug enforcement grants and revenue from seized houses, cars and property in marijuana prosecutions. California took in $181.4 million in revenue from seized property and money in marijuana cases from 2002 to 2012.

In the states of Colorado and Washington where marijuana has been legalized, law enforcement agencies have seen revenue because of seizures plummeting.

 


7 Comments

  1. JB Bronson says:

    See editorial in today’s Tribune on Ramona Park.

    Could have been written about Santa Rosa Park, the creek path near the Mission in SLO, various parks in SLO, Sunken Gardens and the Lake Park in Atascadero.

    There IS a market for medical marijuana users selling on the streets to these people.

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  2. OnTheOtherHand says:

    “Marijuana advocates contend that police are unwilling to support marijuana legalization because they are too invested in pot policing through drug enforcement grants and revenue from seized houses, cars and property in marijuana prosecutions. California took in $181.4 million in revenue from seized property and money in marijuana cases from 2002 to 2012.”

    There you have it in one paragraph — the whole reason for this proposal. The law enforcement community is beginning to realize that marijuana legalization is around the corner and look at this “compromise” as a way to at least postpone the financial hit they will take if it is completely legalized. Had they taken this route 5 years ago, they might have actually succeeded in that goal but it is too late now.

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  3. Myself says:

    You two lost me but some days I do get lost easy.
    I’m almost to the point of letting them make it legal,then tax the crap out of it just like they do with gas,diesel, and so forth,that’ll give old moonbeam more money to wizz away on his train to no where.

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  4. JB Bronson says:

    Connect the dots: Next time we all leave the comfort zone of our homes after dark,
    and go downtown for something,

    and we start recognizing that the same kids on the street during the day, are still there at night,

    and when we tuck ourselves into our clean warm beds, realize these kids will be huddled in a corner of a building or underneath a bridge,

    and when we get tired of them asking for money…let’s realize the availability of medical marijuana on the streets is only contributing to a problem there is no answer for: a person’s free will.

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    • standup says:

      How is it looking in a mirror and seeing a fool? People on the streets are not buying medical marijuana. I don’t think a delivery service will meet someone under a bridge. I think you mean brick weed from across the border.

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    • mkaney says:

      Medical Marijuana is expensive and because of the legal issues delivery services always require a copy of your prescription and driver’s license… Forming your opinion from perceptions is dangerous. If you lack the facts, you probably should either withhold your judgement or seek them out.

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  5. Jorge Estrada says:

    Why not have volunteers do this regulation? Volunteers are not just for picking up litter along the highways, and attending public workshops. Actually many Gov jobs should be volunteer staffing so that control does not become an industry funded by manditory taxes.

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