Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Key Dem pulls the plug on California medical marijuana reforms

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 16:25 EDT
A medical marijuana shop's window sign. Photo: Wikimedia commons.

A bill that would have implemented significant reforms in California’s medical marijuana system was withdrawn by its co-author on Monday, just days before the state’s senate was expected to take it up for debate.

State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D) pulled Assembly Bill 2312, which was previously supported by the marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, following some behind-the-scenes rumblings from drug reformers who took issue with an amendment that would have let certain municipal entities ban medical marijuana dispensaries outright.

The bill, which Ammiano said would return in the next session, would have created a statewide authority to police shops’ compliance with medical marijuana laws, implemented a tax on marijuana sales and limited the number of dispensaries in the state to 1 per every 50,000 people.



billy pilgrim said...

creating a state wide authority to monitor compliance would probably eat up any taxes collected on the sale.

i was going to stop at my favorite store on the way home from work but it's welfare week and the place would be too busy.

texlahoma said...

Billy - You could be right about that. Maybe they should find a way to sell it at liquor stores.

"Welfare week and the place would be too busy." Lol.

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