Jan 222013
 January 22, 2013

Real California CannabisBy Chadwick

You can smell it in the air — marijuana legalization has become mainstream, at least for Colorado and Washington. But don’t worry, California – we’re on deck for exciting marijuana reform measures.

CA NORML’s upcoming Cannabis in California: Ending the 100 Year War conference, being held on January 26th and 27th in San Francisco, will feature various industry leaders and well-known activists discussing strategies for legalizing recreational marijuana in California. The two-day conference may bring an announcement for drafting plans and strategies to fund an initiative for medical marijuana regulation in 2014, following up with adult legalization in 2016.

With a conference of such magnitude coming up, I asked myself – Given the state’s rich history of cannabis economics and culture, how could California cheaply and effectively regulate commercial medical marijuana, and eventually integrate that market into a regulated adult market, should voters approve that in the future?

For many of us Californians, we demand quality cannabis. After living in near downtown Los Angeles for the past year, I saw first-hand the struggle to find quality and honest medical marijuana. Seriously ill patients in certain areas of California are often left in the dark when it comes to their medication, and have no set standard of reference to know which medicine will relieve their pain, and which strains should be avoided.

To help cannabis consumers obtain quality medicine, the Regulation of Medical Cannabis Act (written for 2014 election) has, among other things, the following key provisions:

(1) License schedule with reasonable annual fees, administered by the ABC (Winery-style cultivation, hard alcohol-style distribution). Includes certain statewide zoning pre-emption in areas and numbers where applicable alcohol production or distribution is provided (off-sale and on-sale). Allows local regulation outside of the explicit pre-emption provided.

(2)Real California Cannabis” voluntary medical marijuana labeling. This label applies to cannabis that exemplifies the best produced pesticide-free and adulterant-free medical marijuana grown within the state of California, under a list of conditions (see attached). The act authorizes state-licensed testing facilities (en masse) to voluntarily test and label, under penalty of perjury, MMJ cultivated or manufactured by qualified patients, caregivers, or licensees.

(3) A 21st-century voluntary patient verification program that’s usable by licensees and law enforcement, but administered by the ABC. Allows doctors and verification agencies to register, and issue internal reference numbers for their registered patients in a voluntary patient card verification program via magnetic stripe or quick reference code. Verification via this system is absolutely not required, but would quickly allow qualified patients to obtain their medicine without any unnecessary paperwork. Licensees could also scan any state-issued medical marijuana identification card for verification (See attached for detailed information).

(4) Expands personal protection amounts to the 24oz/24 plants standard, and doesn’t infringe upon existing rights under the MMPA. (Also eliminates the discrepancy created with the Bergen decision, allowing for MMJ patients and collectives to now utilize butane in the manufacture of concentrated cannabis.)

With upcoming court rulings anticipated to liberalize California’s medical marijuana not-for-profit collective association law already, we should devise innovative new-age methods of regulation and quality-checking medicine, and usher in California’s next green rush. The “Real California Cannabis” label may help the industry self-regulate, and help California bring a new image to the growers and the industry as a whole.

I encourage you to read the two-page summary that explains (1) through (4), found here. If you’re interested in reading the actual legal lingo, check it out here.

About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
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  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    With the Feds still at it I’m against patient registries. What other drug requires this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6852871 Chadwick M Hanes

      This is not advocating a patient registry at all. This would allow any physician who already contracts out verification services for their patients to voluntarily give their patients a magnetic swipe card, easily verifiable by licensees. Surprisingly, this system is built to work without transmitting or storing identifiable patient information. Take a look at the summary!

  • Sam Stone

    #4 is the key. 24oz / 24 plant personal legalization. If that passes, then I couldn’t care less about the rest of the stuff. Reasonable compromise is OK too: 18 oz / 18 plant personal.

    • moldy

      You should be able to “warehouse” all you grow like CO. I can see a plant limit in the city but useable weed should be unlimited in your own home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Thomas/100002651451924 John Thomas

    I believe CA NORML is underestimating the momentum launched by Colorado and Washington state. By November, 2014, adult legalization will win by a landslide in California, and other states.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jorge-Talmage/100001752667126 Jorge Talmage

    If a Banker smokes bud can he go to jail ?

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