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CA Assembly Approves Landmark Medical Cannabis Bill AB 2312

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california medical marijuanaCalifornia Assembly Approves AB 2312

The California Assembly just approved AB 2312, a bill by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF) that will create a statewide board to regulate medical cannabis. The Senate will take up the bill next. Advocates are thrilled, and vow to build on this momentum to make sure the bill is also approved in the Senate and signed by Governor Brown. The campaign to adopt AB 2312 has already seen a dramatic expansion in the coalition for medical cannabis, including the influential United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and the largest medical cannabis citizen lobby day in state history.

Assemblymember Ammiano introduced AB 2312 in response to growing calls for statewide clarity from elected officials and the courts. The public wants legislation like this, too. A poll conducted by EMC research shows that 77% of Californians support the regulation, control, and taxation of cannabis. The nine-member appointed board created by the bill will be charged with developing, implementing, and enforcing statewide regulations — something that is already underway in other states where medical cannabis is legal. The Author and advocates anticipate that greater consistency will help to address ambivalence about the state’s medical cannabis program and prevent local officials from blocking implementation or calling for federal intervention.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and coalition members are proud of the growing support and increased grassroots participation in the campaign for AB 2312. We call on everyone who supported this important bill to keep working to make needed improvements and get the bill passed by the Senate. And we call on those who are undecided or oppose (including misinformed lawmakers) to take another look.

Thank you to the thousands of you who called, emailed, and wrote in support of AB 2312. And thank you to the hundreds of you who participated in our Citizen Lobby Day on May 21. We would not have made it this far without you. I also want to say a special that you to our partners at Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana, Assemblymember Ammiano, and his staff, who all worked tirelessly to pass this bill.

Source: Americans for Safe Access

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  1. My wife and I operate a Medical Cannabis dispensary in Northern California and this Bill is not good for patients. It is being rammed through Sacramento by a bunch of millionaire greed heads who have apparently bought off ASA and NORML to get this horror passed. It will create a new state bureaucracy to regulate (oppress) the Medical Cannabis business and the patients will pay the billions it will cost to operate this new State Board. In addition it will allow Counties to add up to 5% tax and Cities an additional 2% tax for their own coffers. It is not right to make old sick people pay these outrageous costs just so millionaires and greed heads can have official legal permission to sell cannabis. In short AB 2312 is the first BIG step in handing the Medical Cannabis business over to huge corporations.

  2. Regulation of cannabis is a solution with no real problem.  The problem solved here is that of public cognitive dissonance that they should be asked to tolerate use of a previously officially prohibited herb, for the use of which untold hundreds of thousands of otherwise innocent Americans are even now languishing in prison.  Someone has to explain that the War on Drugs against cannabis was itself a crime against the public parading as legislation.  Regulating cannabis will just keep some wool over the public eyes.  It’s the truth that will do us all good here.  Don’t regulate.  Explain.

  3. Regulation of cannabis is a solution with no real problem.  The problem solved here is that of public cognitive dissonance that they should be asked to tolerate use of a previously officially prohibited herb, for the use of which untold hundreds of thousands of otherwise innocent Americans are even now languishing in prison.  Someone has to explain that the War on Drugs against cannabis was itself a crime against the public parading as legislation.  Regulating cannabis will just keep some wool over the public eyes.  It’s the truth that will do us all good here.  Don’t regulate.  Explain.

  4. We the “aware cannabis community” need to bring
    the whole “War on Drugs” (What Fifty Years Now?) issue to OPEN PUBLIC
    FORUM. We need to approach our local government and community centers
    requesting, whatever the protocol maybe, to have such public discussion, at a
    PUBLIC MEETING PLACE (Town Hall, Community Center, etc.). This is a community responsibility!
    Let’s STOP PUTTING AMERICANS IN JAIL! It’s starts and ends locally! Go downtown
    and check out city hall! What the hell are they doing, and who are they? Find
    out and then get involved! Start a community discussion about drugs, medical
    marijuana, the industry, etc. There are people out there, more than one might think,
    that would like to know! It’s up to US to educate them! Get and keep them
    INFORMED! GET THEM INVOLVED! And NOW IS THE TIME! GET INVOLVED! AB-2312 MUST
    MOVE FOREWARD! CALL YOUR CALIFORNIA STATE SENATORS (All of Them!) and TELL THEM
    TO FAVOR AB-2312 ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO THE GOVERNOR! God Bless US All.

  5. Yes, because that totally won’t end in another civil war.  After all, that’s what the first one was truly about… states’ rights.

  6. “The Author and advocates anticipate that greater consistency will help to address ambivalence about the state’s medical cannabis program and prevent local officials from blocking implementation or calling for federal intervention.”
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    It will allow any city or county in the state (such as Los Angeles) to ban dispensaries with a simple vote of the city council or county supervisors:

    Sec. 1367.82 (d) A city or county with a population of at least 50,000 may prohibit the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries within its jurisdiction, or limit the number of allowed medical marijuana dispensaries to a number below one per 50,000 residents, if an ordinance or regulation authorizing that restriction has been lawfully enacted by the city, county, or city and county…

    (e) A city or county with a population of less than 50,000 residents may prohibit the establishment of a medical marijuana dispensary within its jurisdiction provided that the legislative body of a city or county make a written finding to the board supported by evidence adduced during at least one public hearing that medical marijuana is reasonably available to its residents by other means. 

    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120AB2312

  7. as long as California allows the federal agents to run roughshod over our states rights then marijuana will never be legal. The state needs to not only stop federal agents from working within our state the state needs to jail every agent that has seized property or jailed citizens of this state. Our law enforcement should disarm ALL federal law enforcement within our borders.

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