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A Narrow Loss For California Medical Cannabis Regulations

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ab 604 california medical marijuana regulationsNational Cannabis Leader Steve DeAngelo Disappointed Yet Hopeful

Oakland, Calif. -AB 604, which would comprehensively regulate medical cannabis on a statewide basis, suffered a narrow loss in the California Legislature last week. Advocates and legislators promised to reintroduce the measure in the next legislative session, and predicted success at that time. AB 604 garnered last minute bipartisan support in the wake of Assistant Attorney General James Cole’s testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he called on states that had legalized cannabis—whether for medical or adult use—to rigorously regulate its cultivation and distribution and make it a high priority in the next legislative session.

“While we are disappointed that the legislature failed to pass medical cannabis regulations this session, we still expect passage next session,” said Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Harborside Health Center, the state’s largest model medical cannabis dispensary recently targeted by federal forfeiture actions spearheaded by local U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. “More legislators are realizing every day that Deputy Attorney General James Cole was right when he told the U.S. Senate that states which have legalized cannabis must also regulate it—or a dangerous black market will be created. Had the legislative session lasted another day or two, regulation of medical cannabis would surely have passed.”

Had AB 604 passed, it would have implemented one of the nation’s strictest systems of cannabis regulation. The bill authorized the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to set up a new Division of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement to monitor commercial production, transportation and sales of medical cannabis. All producers and distributors would be subject to rigorous licensing requirements and operating conditions; while all cannabis would be tracked from seed to sale. Law enforcement would be provided with clear directions; local communities would be empowered to opt out of the system entirely; and abuses of “pot docs” and recommendation mills would be curtailed. Fully implemented, AB 604 would provide patients with safe access to the medicine their doctors recommended, while protecting local communities and young people.

About Harborside Health Center:

Founded by national cannabis leader Steve DeAngelo in 2006, Harborside Health Center is the nation’s largest, not-for-profit, model medical cannabis dispensary. The San Jose and Oakland medicinal cannabis collective offers its 128,000 registered patients free holistic healing services, lab-tested medicine and education. Harborside was featured on the Discovery Channel’s miniseries, “Weed Wars,” in December of 2011and Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Inside Man’ on CNN in June of 2013 as well as the cover feature story in Fortune Magazine in April 2013.  DeAngelo also founded the nation’s first cannabis investment firm, The Arc View Group.

“Out of the shadows and into the light” epitomizes DeAngelo’s mission to enlighten the public on the many medicinal and therapeutic benefits of the plant and actively works to empower the country to change its image of medical marijuana. For more info, visit www.harborsidehealthcenter.com and www.stevedeangelo.com.

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  1. It was once the people’s plant and that’s what it should be the laws change. The liquor industry is heavily regulated but there is a path for the home distiller or brewer to produce for themselves. It should be made easy for those who wish to provide for themselves.

    California (where I live) needs to allow tax deductions against expenses related to the production of medical marijuana either by passing an exception to the FTB’s equivelent of IRC 280E or by removing it from California”s Schedule I. It should also be deductible on personal state income tax returns as a medical expense.

    If California were to make that move eventually the IRS would follow suit as they “generally” follow the lead of the various states on tax issues…that married gay couples may now file as married filing joint is an example and since the USAG is taking a neutral position vis a viz marijuana the IRS may soon fall in.

    That really needs to happen so that this experiment of legalization as Sandra Day O’Conner calls it has a level field on which to play.

  2. Steve D’Angelo & his Harborside money-sucking dispensary is a principle example of the dangers of AB604 and others legislative proposals aiming to “tax and regulate” cannabis like wine or alcohol.
    Angelic Steve does not mention that AB604 does not protect Prop 215, but seeks to dismantle it. When Prop 215 goes, along goes the right to grow your own, the right to retain ownership of your seeds, and the right to safe and affordable access to cannabis as medicine.
    D’Angelo is a “national cannabis leader” by his own designation, similar to a king claiming divine right. You get better insight into what drives Steve D’Angelo when you compare him with the Bronfmann family who control so much of the liquor industry.
    Go to D’Angelo’s dispensary. See how much pot you actually get for your buck and how much thick glass bottle, impressive showroom, intimidating security, and tatooed, pierced and snotty staff.

  3. When will the idiots understand that nothing short of full legalization is going to work? It just ain’t going to work. Right now the most absurd (like maybe absurd squared) thing about this subject is the schedule 1 status at the federal level. It must and eventually will get changed.

  4. paulvonhartmann on

    Thanks maxwood, I appreciate your encouragement and ability to “think outside the bong.” Great ideas for ‘reeferestation.’ The birds, deer & bears would help too. Eventually, as climate conditions shifted to allow it, the perennials would shade-out the hemp in natural succession, back to the boreal species. Expanding the arable base is key to increasing carrying capacity of the planet, which is determined by protein production. Best wishes for blessed rushes…PvH

  5. Also if “local communities would be empowered to opt out of the system completely”, then the bill is useless at “providing safe access” because cities and counties can stick with their bans.

  6. The biggest flaw in the bill is it puts “recommending medical marijuana” on the same level as “prescribing controlled substances”, while federal law views recommending medical marijuana as freedom of speech. It would make your doctor as liable as prescribing oxycontin, and ones that “repeatedly recommend marijuana” will be subjected to criminal violations. Many doctors will then opt out of recommending marijuana out of fear. Look up the bill’s language if you don’t believe me. It would be a step backwards for California.

  7. ABC control would be appropriate if Prop 19 had passed, but it is a blatant insult to medicinal users. Be that as it may:

    ANY regulation that requires signing up to a federal violation is as [fifth amendment] unconstitutional as the Marihuana Tax Act.

    The only solution is to repeal the damned lie that is “Schedule I Cannabis” and free Earth’s most widely beneficial plant species from the abomination that is its prohibition.

  8. ABC control would be appropriate if Prop 19 had passed, but it is a blatant insult to medicinal users. Be that as it may:

    ANY regulation that requires signing up to a federal violation is as [fifth amendment] unconstitutional as the Marihuana Tax Act.

    The only solution is to repeal the damned lie that is “Schedule I Cannabis” and free Earth’s most widely beneficial plant species from the abomination that is its prohibition.

  9. This bill is a disaster, and only statists will support it. They will use it’s passage for further repression, and to reduce the numbers of pot doctors in California, and track users. Who in their right mind would support this piece of garbage?

  10. This bill is a disaster, and only statists will support it. They will use it’s passage for further repression, and to reduce the numbers of pot doctors in California, and track users. Who in their right mind would support this piece of garbage?

  11. Congratulations, Paul, for this magnificent list, keep posting!

    Some of your points– pioneer crop, remineralize soils, phytoremediate, stop erosion, provide for wildlife, etc.– add up to Benefit #1: Rieferforestation! Here speaking not so much of crop rotation as crop MIGRATION– a season or two of hemp as premier PRECURSOR CROP for tree-planting, conversion of abused lands, even deserts to permanent prolific forest.

    A possible strategy: address wildfires by millions of volunteers, hirelings, immigrants removing deadwood, downed branches, dry weedstalks etc. from drought-stricken areas– haul such material to gullies, ravines, dry creekbeds (there are millions of linear miles of them) and pile up a mound of biomass (smallest particles deepest, bundled stalks on top) which will RETARD water runoff; seed with cannabis; then when its rich litter has gathered enough, seed with fastgrowing invasive trees like ailanthus, eucalyptus, cottonwood (depending on local temperatures); finally in a decade or two, seed the noble hardwoods and pines everyone wants their children to live among!

  12. Congratulations, Paul, for this magnificent list, keep posting!

    Some of your points– pioneer crop, remineralize soils, phytoremediate, stop erosion, provide for wildlife, etc.– add up to Benefit #1: Rieferforestation! Here speaking not so much of crop rotation as crop MIGRATION– a season or two of hemp as premier PRECURSOR CROP for tree-planting, conversion of abused lands, even deserts to permanent prolific forest.

    A possible strategy: address wildfires by millions of volunteers, hirelings, immigrants removing deadwood, downed branches, dry weedstalks etc. from drought-stricken areas– haul such material to gullies, ravines, dry creekbeds (there are millions of linear miles of them) and pile up a mound of biomass (smallest particles deepest, bundled stalks on top) which will RETARD water runoff; seed with cannabis; then when its rich litter has gathered enough, seed with fastgrowing invasive trees like ailanthus, eucalyptus, cottonwood (depending on local temperatures); finally in a decade or two, seed the noble hardwoods and pines everyone wants their children to live among!

  13. Not sure I agree with Matt, gradualism may be worth the disappointments such as high taxes to pay the bureaucrats to track everything etc.

    One way to make sure things stay on a good track is, wherever some cannabis marketing is allowed, medicinal or inspirational, to incorporate “rigorous regulation” in the equipment used– get rid of “rolling papers” and H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide joint “smoking” and promote VAPE pens and 25-mg-per-serving one-hitters, maybe by encouraging Harborside and other dispensaries to give a free “regulation utensil” to every qualified purchaser of herb and permit in-store hands-on sampling of equipment to learn how it works (“suck slow, don’t glow till after 19 seconds or so”).

  14. Not sure I agree with Matt, gradualism may be worth the disappointments such as high taxes to pay the bureaucrats to track everything etc.

    One way to make sure things stay on a good track is, wherever some cannabis marketing is allowed, medicinal or inspirational, to incorporate “rigorous regulation” in the equipment used– get rid of “rolling papers” and H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide joint “smoking” and promote VAPE pens and 25-mg-per-serving one-hitters, maybe by encouraging Harborside and other dispensaries to give a free “regulation utensil” to every qualified purchaser of herb and permit in-store hands-on sampling of equipment to learn how it works (“suck slow, don’t glow till after 19 seconds or so”).

  15. paulvonhartmann on

    Monday, July 15, 2013
    … nothing to fear but the atmosphere itself…

    With nothing to fear but the atmosphere itself, humankind must shift values immediately to prioritize survival, or become extinct. The loss of atmospheric aerosol “monoterpenes” due to the death of the boreal forests and oceanic phytoplankton, has halved the aerosols’ protective influence in shielding the Earth from solar UV-B radiation: “global broiling.”[1] The effects of rapidly increasing UV-B are many, none of them good:
    – Increased solubility of mercury, arsenic, and selenium compounds
    – increased warming
    – immune suppression
    – genetic mutation
    – abnormal cell growth
    – mass species extinction
    – reduced harvests,
    – hotter forest fires
    – destruction of the food chain
    Fortunately for mankind there is a plant that can
    – reduce UV-B levels
    – biogenically rebalance atmospheric monoterpene concentrations
    – sequester nine tons of carbon, per acre, per growing season
    – is globally adaptable
    – nutritionally complete, unique and essential
    – a non-invasive pioneer crop
    – is unique and essential in producing complete nutrition, sustainable energy and monoterpenes from the same harvest
    – provides safe and effective herbal remedies at no cost
    – remineralizes depleted soils
    – phytoremediates chemically contaminated soils
    – normalizes irradiated soil
    – stops soil erosion from wind and rain
    – provides feed and cover for wildlife
    – breaks-up compacted soils
    – obviates the need to till the soil
    – interrupts the breeding cycles of insects
    – inhibits weed infestation
    – nucleates rainclouds
    – purifies the hydrologic cycle
    – provides a local source of antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-oxidizing agents for use in protecting and preserving other fruits and grains
    – biogenic, biocompatible pesticides

    Organic farming and home gardening have been crippled by the absence of an essential and unique, federally-recognized “strategic resource.”[2] The limiting factor in the equation of survival is ‘time.’

    Until Cannabis is reintroduced into crop rotations the world over, our species will not be able to sustain existence within the systems of a functional Natural Order. Cannabis is mankind’s function interface with a force much greater than ourselves.
    Our freedom to farm “every herb bearing seed” [3] is the first test of religious freedom. Drugs don’t make seeds. Herbs do. The question is, how hot does Earth have to get before all solutions are considered?
    Search these key words & phrases to understand more:
    1.Global broiling
    2. Executive Order 13603
    3. Genesis 1:29-31

  16. paulvonhartmann on

    Monday, July 15, 2013
    … nothing to fear but the atmosphere itself…

    With nothing to fear but the atmosphere itself, humankind must shift values immediately to prioritize survival, or become extinct. The loss of atmospheric aerosol “monoterpenes” due to the death of the boreal forests and oceanic phytoplankton, has halved the aerosols’ protective influence in shielding the Earth from solar UV-B radiation: “global broiling.”[1] The effects of rapidly increasing UV-B are many, none of them good:
    – Increased solubility of mercury, arsenic, and selenium compounds
    – increased warming
    – immune suppression
    – genetic mutation
    – abnormal cell growth
    – mass species extinction
    – reduced harvests,
    – hotter forest fires
    – destruction of the food chain
    Fortunately for mankind there is a plant that can
    – reduce UV-B levels
    – biogenically rebalance atmospheric monoterpene concentrations
    – sequester nine tons of carbon, per acre, per growing season
    – is globally adaptable
    – nutritionally complete, unique and essential
    – a non-invasive pioneer crop
    – is unique and essential in producing complete nutrition, sustainable energy and monoterpenes from the same harvest
    – provides safe and effective herbal remedies at no cost
    – remineralizes depleted soils
    – phytoremediates chemically contaminated soils
    – normalizes irradiated soil
    – stops soil erosion from wind and rain
    – provides feed and cover for wildlife
    – breaks-up compacted soils
    – obviates the need to till the soil
    – interrupts the breeding cycles of insects
    – inhibits weed infestation
    – nucleates rainclouds
    – purifies the hydrologic cycle
    – provides a local source of antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-oxidizing agents for use in protecting and preserving other fruits and grains
    – biogenic, biocompatible pesticides

    Organic farming and home gardening have been crippled by the absence of an essential and unique, federally-recognized “strategic resource.”[2] The limiting factor in the equation of survival is ‘time.’

    Until Cannabis is reintroduced into crop rotations the world over, our species will not be able to sustain existence within the systems of a functional Natural Order. Cannabis is mankind’s function interface with a force much greater than ourselves.
    Our freedom to farm “every herb bearing seed” [3] is the first test of religious freedom. Drugs don’t make seeds. Herbs do. The question is, how hot does Earth have to get before all solutions are considered?
    Search these key words & phrases to understand more:
    1.Global broiling
    2. Executive Order 13603
    3. Genesis 1:29-31

  17. paulvonhartmann on

    The drug policy reform establishment (oxymoron) is seeking to control the Cannabis industry, before the grassroots is successful in ending the fraudulent scheduling.

    Dr. Daniel Susott and Paul von Hartmann September 2013
    http://youtu.be/Fra4q_qepZA

    Once we pry the herb out of Schedule I, in consideration of it’s urgent necessity for national security and global integrity, then Cannabis will go back to being an “herb” rather than being bureaucratically controlled and economically manipulated as a “dangerous drug.”

    The First Amendment is the operative legal reference here. Don’t expect to hear that from people already getting rich off the herb “of first necessity.”

  18. paulvonhartmann on

    The drug policy reform establishment (oxymoron) is seeking to control the Cannabis industry, before the grassroots is successful in ending the fraudulent scheduling.

    Dr. Daniel Susott and Paul von Hartmann September 2013
    http://youtu.be/Fra4q_qepZA

    Once we pry the herb out of Schedule I, in consideration of it’s urgent necessity for national security and global integrity, then Cannabis will go back to being an “herb” rather than being bureaucratically controlled and economically manipulated as a “dangerous drug.”

    The First Amendment is the operative legal reference here. Don’t expect to hear that from people already getting rich off the herb “of first necessity.”

  19. Why do people want this bill to pass? It doesn’t sound good to me. Regulated by the ABC? Scrutinizing doctors for recommending? Tracking everything? I’m glad one of the “nation’s strictest systems” didn’t pass in California. Stupid advocates are falling into a stupid memo, that US attorneys could defy at any time.

  20. Why do people want this bill to pass? It doesn’t sound good to me. Regulated by the ABC? Scrutinizing doctors for recommending? Tracking everything? I’m glad one of the “nation’s strictest systems” didn’t pass in California. Stupid advocates are falling into a stupid memo, that US attorneys could defy at any time.

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