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Four New Marijuana Related Bills Introduced To The California Legislature

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California Marijuana LeafCalifornia lawmakers have introduced four new bills related to cannabis. Here’s a rundown a quick rundown:

AB 2465 (Campos, D – San Jose) would require all medical marijuana patients to obtain a state ID card and also register the address where they are growing it. This bill is a blatantly unconstitutional amendment to Prop 215, as it abridges the fundamental right of patients not to be arrested upon the “written or oral” recommendation of their physicians.
Bill text at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_2451-2500/ab_2465_bill_20120224_introduced.html

AB 2365 (Nestande, R- Palm Desert) would amend the Family Code to require that family courts consider parent’s documented use of prescribed controlled substances, including medical marijuana and narcotic maintenance medications, in child custody proceedings. At present, the family code does not explicitly address these issues, although they are frequently brought up in family court proceedings.
Bill text at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_2351-2400/ab_2365_bill_20120224_introduced.html

AB 2600 (Norby, R-Fullerton) would prohibit the DMV from revoking a person’s driving privileges for simple possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. At present, an automatic revocation of license is required for conviction of any drug offense where a motor vehicle is involved.
Bill text at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_2551-2600/ab_2600_bill_20120224_introduced.html

A fourth bill, AB 2312 (Ammiano – D, SF) would establish a state regulatory system for medical marijuana along similar lines to that proposed in
the Medical Marijuana Regulation Control and Taxation Act intiative (www.regulatemedicalmarijuana.org).
Bill text at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_2301-2350/ab_2312_bill_20120224_introduced.html

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  1. Ammiano’s AB 2312, although not including decriminalization of cultivation and sales offenses, would be far better for California than the MMRCTA, as it would exclude union representation from the Board/Bureau of Medical Marijuana Enforcement. 

    Ammiano’s bill needs to be amended to:
    — Ensure Patient/Caregiver Possession/Cultivation Rights are further protected (from 8oz/6 mature plants to 6lb/15-24 mature plants) to ensure the dispensaries don’t control the market (as it would be for-profit).
    — Ensure that medical marijuana cultivators are protected in a manner similar to winegrowers (and wineries in certain zones) to ensure competition without governmental interference, while protecting the public safety and welfare.  

    Additionally, it would be nice if we could:
    — Adopt a quick method for verifying non-MMIC cardholding patients to save law enforcement time, and protect those persons from arrest/asset forfeiture as well.– Lower the cost of the MMIC to $75 total for residents living within that county, and open the program up to non-residents who qualify for medical marijuana much like the state of Oregon has.
    — Recognize out-of-state patients.
    — Legalize marijuana for adults 18+…