California bill moves ahead

San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano submits a bill to tighten the regulations governing the use of medical marijuana by adults. It would make it illegal for physicians to prescribe medical pot for patients they have not examined and bar prescriptions by doctors who have a financial stake in a pot dispensary.

The assembly Public Safety Committee passed the bill yesterday.

Somewhat controversial is the provision for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to enforce the law. The California Narcotic Officers Association cites the irony in allowing an agency with regulatory responsibility over the use of recreational substances to regulate medical products. The senate version specifies the state health department as the regulator.

The bill, if passed, could lay the groundwork for a tax-and-control scheme for recreational pot use similar to Colorado and Washington.


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  • sixman020206
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    Being a retired school teacher, it would be easy to say (let each person make his or her own choices). However, from experience, I can tell you that this method does not work for a great number of people. Sadly, most of us are poor decision makers because of our lack of knowledge. This is why people visit this site and depend upon seasoned law makers to give them the facts. Unfortunately, in our country, we have a great deal of freedom, but very little responsibility. For a change, let us encourage our law makers to make wise decisions that are healthy for our country and work in those special groups only if it benefits the needs of our nation.
    Words of wisdom: If you want to play in the game of life, listen, learn, and only then your contribution might be worth something. Isn't it a privilege to be an American? I hope and pray that people realize that our country is great because of the respect we once had for the Good Book.
    I also enjoy discussing the markets and the power of winning. Good trading.
    Folks our country is worth our effort to make it better.
    23 Apr 2014, 11:07 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    "respect we once had for the Good Book."


    the key words: ONCE HAD ...
    24 Apr 2014, 12:02 AM Reply Like
  • mpstaples
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    Marijuana use, legalization, recreational use and so on is moving forward with or without the Nanny-State crowd. California, usually at the forefront of these movements can hide its head in the sand if it wants to, and sell cookies at bake sales to pay its bills instead of making millions off MJ revenues, but it won't stop the movement any more than it did during prohibition. What the heck happened to Jerry Brown? He turned into a stuffy old conservative, with the emphasis on old.
    10 May 2014, 11:30 AM Reply Like
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