Marijuana Advocates Unsure if New State Law Is Good or Bad

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Earlier this summer, medical marijuana advocates sounded the legislative alarm over a bill penned by a Southern California assemblyman that gives local governments the right to ban medical cannabis dispensaries, as many a Bay Area burgh from Danville to Daly City has already done.

Both Americans for Safe Access and California NORML, which lobby for patients' rights and outright legalization, respectively, opposed AB 1300, authored by valley dude Assemblyman Bob Blumenfeld of Van Nuys, and begged Governor Jerry Brown not to sign it -- as Brown did yesterday.

So is this latest development a loss or a win; an abrogation of rights guaranteed to Californians under state medical marijuana law, or a recognition that medical marijuana distribution is a valid concept?

Depends on who you ask.

For folks on the ground, Blumenfield's bill actually does very little: The cities and counties that have banned medical marijuana dispensaries can continue to do so. Likewise, the places -- like San Francisco -- that have permitted them are unchanged, and the same with the municipalities that have punted the issue. Heads in the sand stay in the sand, et cetera.

Prior to Brown signing AB 1300, Americans for Safe Access issued an e-mail alert asking supporters of pot purveyors to oppose the bill, saying that it "authorizes cities and counties to ban cooperatives and collectives. That means access can be eliminated in some communities altogether!"

That is not what voters intended when they adopted Proposition 215 in 1996, calling on lawmakers "to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana."

But rather than fume and promise litigation when Brown signed the bill on Tuesday, ASA was more circumspect. "It does at least recognize their legitimacy and the need of patients to access these modes of distribution," the group wrote.

This is perhaps true, though it's also true that the bill doesn't do anything to help, as NORML pointed out. Perspective is everything, it appears.

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CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

I am not sure. I think It might be ok   But what about kids getting into this I mean how do you handle med pot being ok  If you need. It is sending the wrong message. Now we will have to deal with  smoker's second hand  plus deal with second hand med pot smokers.

farang
farang

Since when did "kids" not have access to illegal alcohol? Since when did making pot illegal stop anyone, "kids" included, from obtaining it?

Nice try...now put down the whiskey and try writing a logical and literate comment.

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.

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.

damon
damon

i agree with you 100 % one should be able to grow enough to use for personal consumption not to sale to any one legal to grow not to sale

gin collum
gin collum

Give a pothead a inch and he tries slowly to take a mile or at least he thinks about it...look if yall sick potheads need it to cure the dying cancer patients pain and if keeping them high makes them comfortable then im all for it...but if its prescribed as a medicine then a license pharmacist should dispense it and yall should not be able to grow it or produce it period...if thats the case what the hell do we a pharmacist for and drug companies to make meds for the sickness...hell instead filling a script at the walmart we will just go visit the local pot farmer...yall in a fantasy world.

jjjjoints
jjjjoints

that's where our pajamas used to be grown. the back yard hemp plants.

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 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/...

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