State Senate Panel Advances MMJ Regulations 
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State Senate Panel Advances MMJ Regulations 
Posted by CN Staff on April 22, 2014 at 09:20:08 PT
By Patrick McGreevy 
Source: Los Angeles Times
Sacramento -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel.The measure, supported by members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, also clarifies the authority of cities and counties to prohibit pot shops within their borders.
Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) said his bill is aimed at practices such as one in the Sacramento area where patients have been issued medical marijuana cards after a few minutes talking to a doctor via Skype and with no physical exam.“The implementation of medical marijuana laws has been marked by conflicting authorities, regulatory uncertainty, intermittent federal enforcement action and many, many lawsuits,” Correa told the panel.California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996. Correa's bill would require dispensaries and cultivation sites to be licensed by the state Department of Public Health. His bill would require that physicians who recommend marijuana for patients first conduct an “appropriate examination” and periodically review the treatment’s efficacy, discuss side effects with patients and maintain records. For patients under age 21, a pediatrician would have to make the recommendation and the delivery method would be non-smoking.The bill is sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Assn. and League of California Cities and supported by officers associations from Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana. “It is not medicine for doctors to show up at concerts to give recommendation cards to anyone willing to spend the cash,” said Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher W. Boyd, president of the chief’s association.The California Medical Assn. opposed the bill unless amended to remove provisions it feels interferes with the practice of medicine. The group opposed a requirement that doctors recommend the type and strength of marijuana used, which could subject physicians to federal enforcement action.  Changes were also requested by Dale Gieringer, director of the California National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, who objected to the bill “interfering in medical practices” and said it is unreasonable to require pediatricians be involved when the patients are age 18 to 20.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author:   Patrick McGreevy Published: April 21, 2014Copyright: 2014 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by runruff on April 23, 2014 at 04:49:21 PT
Toothless cops!
Most of the teeth have been taken out of LEO here in Southern Oregon and an odd thing is taking place. This may will be the seventh time in eleven years the sheriff's department is asking the citizens to vote on a levy that will fund "public safety". it fails big time every time. Not even the commissioners will give them the money intended for them in the county budget.After 25 years of enforcing 90% marijuana prohibition and little else they have turned most of the county against them. In a small community like this one you will see the cops driving your brother's car they took from him in a raid. We remember how cold and degrading they were shooting our dogs and tearing out walls looking for cash some informant said was there. We remember. There were about 25 deputies average but the amount of deputies reached 45 at the height of federal funding which came to about 25 million + county budget + asset forfeiture money. Today the sheriff is told to make due with 1.7 million. He must work alone with four part time deputies. The feeling I get is that people feel safer in their homes now that they have the real criminals under control.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 22, 2014 at 20:08:02 PT
swazi-x comment 4 boballen131313 comment 5
You'll are both right.Allowing the government so much leeway in taking people's property and money has led the nation to a worse place than it's been in a while. Law enforcement that "Earns" it's own way by robbing people and prison for profit are very bad things. "Drug Warriors" did this to the people of this country. Unreasonable fears and outrageous greed did this.Putting the brakes on a run-a-way gravy train isn't going to be easy.
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Comment #5 posted by boballen131313 on April 22, 2014 at 17:22:31 PT:
Assets Forfiture? 
The Law Enforcement interests are trying to hold on to the very lucrative business of busting folks. Better than taxes and goes directly to finance all the modern police goodies and high tech fire power. How can you expect them to give up this with a real battle? Police have been corrupted too much with this little plum to give it up.
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Comment #4 posted by swazi-x on April 22, 2014 at 15:06:22 PT
Law Enforcement Gift
This is a blatant attempt at re-criminalizing cannabis by law enforcement and their buddies in government. None of them want to see the normalization of cannabis in society because of the associated drop in law enforcement funding it will bring, so they try and weasel new restrictions into our laws to create new "unlawful situations" for them to sort.Law enforcement has no business being involved in creating new restrictions on cannabis. They have a clear and compelling conflict of interest because of the funding they get for cannabis interdiction. Another shining example of our masters rigging the system against the well being of the masses in favor of keeping the militarized police force wallowing in toys and cash.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 22, 2014 at 12:39:19 PT
I'm shocked.
I can't believe the health department hasn't been involved since day one. California seems to be the most ruling loving, restriction making, and banning stuff state in the Union.I'm surprised. Even here, the health department would have been knee deep in any place that was selling consumables and especially consumables being touted as medical.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on April 22, 2014 at 11:11:33 PT
Just legalize California!
That'll shut 'em up!
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 22, 2014 at 11:04:25 PT
Sen. Correa?
Is he laying up nights, worried about somebody might be fooling the system and getting stoned on the sly? What are with these guys? They are no better than the meddling busy body on the block. He has no business even being concerned about if someone is sneaking a little mmj or not. Sen. Correa, anyone from the seventh grade to many of your cohorts get it when they want it. So tell me truthfully are you really this stupid or are you pulling some political stunt. Either way, how did you get elected?
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