Marijuana Task Force Not Such a Spacey Idea
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Marijuana Task Force Not Such a Spacey Idea
Posted by CN Staff on December 10, 2009 at 05:58:20 PT
By C.W. Nevius
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco -- Supervisor David Campos' idea to create a task force for medical marijuana conjures up an image of a paramilitary pot enforcement unit - OK everybody, put down the brownies and step away from the bongs. Actually, Campos insists, it couldn't be more innocuous."I see it holding hearings and providing feedback. It is a chance to provide expertise and guidance, not final policy," he said.
Regardless of how Campos explains it, this will still sound like a kookie San Francisco concept. Campos' plan is to gather a 13-person committee of medical marijuana patients, dispensary operators, neighborhood leaders and even (gasp) growers to discuss new directions in medical marijuana policy. He sees the group looking into tax revenue from dispensaries (already in place in Oakland), to standards for edible cannabis, to truly controversial issues like city-sanctioned cultivation of pot.But let's be honest, the chances that this group is going to announce that marijuana should be severely restricted are very slim.Quite frankly, this isn't a bad idea.Campos says that when the Justice Department issued a policy memo in October stating that pot-smoking patients and their authorized suppliers should not be singled out for federal prosecution - it signaled a new world for medical marijuana enforcement."I think this is the future," he said. "Some people are probably not happy about that, but the federal government is signaling it will look the other way." Snipped   Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: C.W. NeviusPublished: Thursday, December 10, 2009Copyright: 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite: CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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