Will Kamala Harris Burn the Medical Marijuana Advocates Who Campaigned for Her?

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One and the same ... when it comes to pot
While marijuana legalization dominated the news last fall, unity was in short supply during the election season among medical cannabis patients and advocates.

It may be hard for nonsmokers to grasp, but Proposition 19 splintered the medical cannabis community, with many growers and dispensaries opposing the semilegalization measure. However, one electoral contest had the full support of the medical marijuana community: the attorney general's race.

In her bid to defeat Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley for the state's top cop job, then-San Francisco District Attorney Harris had the full support of pro-pot groups like Americans for Safe Access, which mounted a full-on "Anybody But Cooley" campaign. And who knows? With fewer than 80,000 votes separating Harris from Cooley, the state's estimated 750,000 medical cannabis patients could very well have provided the margin of victory.

If Harris is thankful for this, she has a funny way of showing it.  Her draft guidelines on medical marijuana are "horrible" for the state's patients, advocates say. And what's more, they were likely written by law enforcement, which was no friend at all to Harris during the election season.

The new Attorney General guidelines are still in draft form, and it's unknown when Harris' office expects them to be finalized. However, a draft copy dated April 2011, has been floating around the medical cannabis community since early July. A copy was first made public by Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's national cannabis blog, last week.

A spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, which crowed when Harris won, said the organization has no comment.

Shum Preston, a spokesman for Harris, would say only that the Attorney General's office "is reviewing case law on the topic [of medical cannabis] and is launching a discussion with stakeholders."

The city's Medical Cannabis Task Force was scheduled to discuss the proposed guidelines at its meeting Friday, but didn't get around to it.

From patients' perspectives, the key problems with the draft are threefold: First, a provision that a patient can only be a member of one collective at a time -- meaning you can buy pot from only one dispensary -- is untenable and impracticable. Second, the guidelines give too much leeway to law enforcement, which would be granted the power to determine on the spot whether an individual is indeed a medical cannabis patient. Lastly, the guidelines would restrict growers to distributing medicine to one collective only.

"It ends the voluntary nature of the state ID card program," says Mike Aldrich, a local luminary in the medical cannabis movement who operated CHAMP, a dispensary at the center of a landmark tax law case. "That's a violation of Proposition 215 ... no police officer should have the right to determine if someone has a medical condition or not. They're not doctors."

Sources say that Harris is waiting several cases to pass through the courts before finalizing the guidelines -- since it's meant to be an advisory document, not the rule of law.

It's very likely Harris is under pressure from law enforcement groups -- whose support she needs, as a law enforcement officer herself -- to edit Brown's version of the guidelines. That she has welcomed medical marijuana advocates to the discussion table at all is a good sign for pot advocates. That the current version seems skewed toward a police perspective is not.

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sevenearth
sevenearth

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Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

I never supported her.  She was prosecuting medical pot growers etc all along, as was Hallinan.  If you don't "donate" enough, you get charged.  Why do any of the 'ACTIVISTS" trust any politician any more?  All they do is take more money and give nothing back.  STupid "activists" are like masochistic girlfriends who never leave until beaten to death . ... btw the former STDA (she got her job boinking Willie Brown) was terrible prosecuting crimes against women

Nannysessa
Nannysessa

This proposal is against everything American:  Free Enterprise, Basic business sense of supply and demand.  It is Prejustce, double standards....Big drug companies make many dangerous drugs, and they are not subject to these restrictions.  ITS ALL ABOUT GETTING THE VOTE. just like the COPS, its all about getting the guy.  If i beleived this BS, I wouldn't tell anyone.

Denzil Duane Roper
Denzil Duane Roper

I'll bet'cha my keyboard won't ; W0O'0oo! wait'a'minute : i spilled hot coffee on my Microsoft* Wireless Comfort Keyboard 5000 and then went ahead & started typing anyway ; thinking that the words i was thinking & typing at the same time wouldn't be showing on screen. Then as i looked up too see the evidence that my most exspensive keyboard wasn't working and is ruined from the wet coffee.But what too my wondering eyes did i see but 3-tiny letters lookin'back-up-at-me! Poet didn't know it....

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.   If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.   Here's one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from the registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/...   The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, will allow states to decide how they will regulate marijuana. Email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Ele... and ask them to sign on as a CO-SPONSOR of HR 2306.And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

WinLiberty
WinLiberty

You are right on here.  I would point out that no one in their right mind believed Kamala on this subject then and that the election of every statewide candidate (who, LIKE Kamala, wimped on this issue) is proof of same.

No free individual waits to see what the public servant will say and do. You get more than 2 million prisoners in one country by allowing politicians and bureaucrats to do what they wish.

Free Individuals GIVER ORDERS to public servants.

https://www.winliberty.com/Tak... 

briansays
briansays

already running for higher officewill jerry go for a second term given his age?if not pick between newsom and kamala??i'd vote for cheney first

J Curwen
J Curwen

"Mike Aldrich, a local luminary in the medical cannabis movement who operated CHAMP, a dispensary at the center of a landmark tax law case [remarked] 'That's a violation of Proposition 215 ... no police officer should have the right to determine if someone has a medical condition or not. They're not doctors.'"

Tell that to the DEA, too. They seem to be laboring under the delusion that someone made them authorities in teh scientific and medical sense in addition to the jack-booted thug sense.

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

Let's remember that the people who wrote those idiotic and conflicting, as well as ever changing, rules on patients and dispensaries are lawyers, who want $ to let these laws "trickle down" the courts, after all, the taxpayers end up paying most of the tab . ..and every politician around SF has gouged the dispensaries for "campaign contributions" as well as extortion in the form of "fees" and special taxes.  And let's remember that Harries got her first gig by having an affair  with a much older, and married, Willie Brown.  Vote for a whore, and this is what you get.

stoplyingtoyourself
stoplyingtoyourself

Marijuana will never be legitimized until people stop pretending it's a medication.

Denzil Duane Roper
Denzil Duane Roper

And that ain't all. National Homeland Security Agreements with other Nations have a law in place that negates all this stuff of it's face value purposes! Until the law that reads,"all physcoactive drugs will remain illegal..!

rsteeb
rsteeb

Google "William Brooke O'Shaughnessy", numb nut.

stoplyingtoyourself
stoplyingtoyourself

Read the reply above.  Also, do you seriously base your medical decisions on the ideas of a guy who died in 1889? 

rsteeb
rsteeb

No, actually upon 43 years of first-hand experience.  O'Shaughnessy was simply the first Westerner to observe and document the MEDICAL effects of the noble herb.  Doctor Tod Mikuriya would be more current, also Donald Abrams, Donald Tashkin, and David Bearman.

Enjoy your research.

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

We will never be an enlightened species while people like you pretend to know what you're talking about.  You got your MD where, you said?

stoplyingtoyourself
stoplyingtoyourself

The super funny thing about your commment is that I am actually a physician here in the bay area. My opinion is actually that Marijuana should be legalized as a controlled recreational substance but should be banned as a "Medicine" with the exception of Marinol.  Medications are controlled by the FDA and subject to regulations and quality control as well as rigorous study of their efficacy and side effects. The only true Medicinal Marijuana is Marinol (although a second pill may be released soon).  The THC is controlled.  There are quality control measures.  It's dispensing is monitored.  It is optimized to reduce side effects. In the case of Smoking/eating/cooking/lubing up with Marijuana, it is a Hallucinogen which is being doled out to any idiot that self diagnoses "Anxiety" or "Depression" or "ADHD" or "Back Pain". You are not under the treatment of a Doctor, you simply went to some greedy/desperate doctor who took your 275 dollars to write you a bullshit letter so you could get high and lie to yourself that you are taking some sort of medication.It's utterly absurd to refer to a hallucinogen as an appropriate treatment for pretty much anything.  The only time it is appropriate in my practice is if someone comes to me with a terminal diagnosis and symptoms of anorexia and even then I won't be the guy that writes it for them and would use either Marinol or a different legitimate medication.  It unfortunately is rarely prescribed for that type of issue.  I am a young doctor and am fully aware of who is "prescribed" Marijuana by the sham doctors (most of which have been dinged by the state medical licensing board and have no other option but to practice this sort of bullshittery or are simply entrepreneurial and take advantage of the fact they can charge a large amount of cash for a 15 minute sham visit). My argument is that if you are lying to yourself by thinking you are taking medication when you are hitting your bong, this is probably what's wrong with you in the first place.  If you truly believe that getting high is therapeutic then there are a handful of apt psychologic/psychiatric diagnoses which are appropriate (none of which require a treatment of "getting high").  I think smoking weed is accetable if you are a responsible adult with awareness of the side effects and consequences.  Enabling people to get high daily by calling it "medication" is just absurd.  I have at least a little respect for people who aren't deluded and simply say "It's a way to get good weed" rather than "I'm a patient" and flash me their phony baloney cannabis card.

Redleb54
Redleb54

You are no doctor and if you are I am thankful I am not your patient. Cannabis is medicine .. google Dr. Mechoulam and research on the endocannabinoid system. Look up GW Pharmaceuticals. Marinol is no good because it contains only THC and not other beneficial cannabioniods such as CBD. Since your such a total ignoramus google patent number 6630507, which is a patent held by the US Government concerning cannabis as a neuro-protectant. You are the worst of the worst, a doctor who is ignorant. I personally suggest going back to med school and it is totally inappropriate for you to malign doctors who have the integrity to recommend cannabis, integrity you lack and for so young a doctor you forgot that you took a hippocratic oath .. doctor heal thyself.

Denzil Duane Roper
Denzil Duane Roper

Just Eggs Act Lee what should he try? What i mean too say is,"what are you talkin' 'bout? I'd believe something he says ; after i see a copy of his Medical License.That's why i provide proff of what & where my statements can be verified as truth.

Bill Martin
Bill Martin

I sense a wee bit of defensiveness here. Perhaps, as they used to say in the '60s, one should try that which one is most afraid of...

Sarah
Sarah

Just because medical marijuana advocates campaigned against Cooley doesn't mean they were "for" Harris. She was just the better of two evils. It was uber clear all along that she wasn't a friend of sensible marijuana laws, given that she co-signed the statement against Prop. 19 that was filed with the secretary of state during the campaign.

Bill Martin
Bill Martin

Get over it. Kamala Harris is a hottie. I'd hit that twice. Beside which, the AG's guidelines are never and never have been enforced anyway. The AG is a joke in California. But the reality is that Kamala is 90% likely to be our next Governor. Get used to it.  But back to the guidelines for a second... look at Oaksterdam. Under any guidelines ever issued they are totally rogue but they never get busted. Look at DeAngelo, a NYC junkie who is now California's millionaire pot king. I rest my case.

Tony Bowles
Tony Bowles

Americans for Safe Access attorney Joe Elford said ASA was provided a copy of the draft by Harris for feedback.

Tonebowles
Tonebowles

Americans for Safe Access attorney Joe Elford said his group was provided a copy of the draft by Harris for feedback and declined to comment on it. The state’s medical marijuana law is “murky at best,” Elford said. He said the state Legislature has chosen “not to clarify certain issues,” and other debates are “percolating through the courts.”Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/loca...

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

The lawyers love the confusion because they don't get $ unless they take cases to court.  Cui Bono, baby?

Denzil Duane Roper
Denzil Duane Roper

Eggs  Act Lee ; Liz ; exactly..! Sorry : my keyboard has very sticky keys from spilling coffee on my Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard 5000.It's the most exspensive at BEST BUY.Any suggestions wood be "HIGH'lee ; Hi Lee ; Lee is High ; Sow am i..! And it's a good thing 'cause i just faught  with  these sticky keys againnn annd as you cann see the "NN" is giving me at least 2-cursors with one depression. Oh ; well ; here it goes ; working fine now. For the moment!? Anyway : Cannabis is NOT gonna be legal in any state until National Homeland Security Agreements with other Nations are changed.And that's not gonna happen any time soon.The law reads "all physcoactive drugs will remain illegal..! Hummm ; that last tooth-brush scrub i just did on this keyboard helped a'little! Except now "XX" & Bb is sticking. Par for the course in my life..! My life has been "stuck" on stupid ever since 1977 when such stupidity went down that i'll not be re-posting it on here againn.If yer that curious : Look in Santa Rosa Press Democrat on microfish at any liberary? In Oct.17,1977 issue headlines read,"Father found Not Guilty of Molesting 11-month-old-daughter! Ruined my Life..! Now & ever since then ; people have labeled me every monsterous name in the book.Too the point of making me wish I'd of gone too college and became a cop. I'm 55 years old now & want too go bback too school.Even with so little time left too live! That doesn't matter anymore 'cause i've got nothing too live for anyway! On the real : the only thing i live for anymore is my garden & protecting it from Ripp'0ffs..! They've Ripped me 0ff  two years in a row now! I need that Medicine! For more diagnosed reasons than one! I'm not letting Nobody take my Medicine this Oct...! I'll  go on Home ta be with Bon again before i let those Damb Ripp'0ffs take my Medicine for a 3rd year..! I hope some Cops are reading this 'cause even if they're not ; i'm going too go talk too them...Seriously! Ya'All listen too the Bull of liars whom don't know what they're talking about ; ANYWAY! So why not. Ya call me a snitch just barely within ear'shot ; so i can here it.But not whom just exactly said it. When in reality Red Bluff police tried too get me too wear a wire & make purchases of drugs for them & i turned them down at risk of going too jail. I said,"Let's Go?" How much time i got'a do?"

Haggie
Haggie

Harris would throw her grandmother under a bus to get back on Obama's coat tails after being quite obviously passed over for inclusion on his White House team...

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