California Bill Would Establish New Medical Pot Rules

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A bill in the California legislature would set up state-wide rules for how doctors can prescribe marijuana. The bill would also require the state Department of Health to oversee medical pot distribution.

California voters approved the use of medicinal marijuana in 1996.

Kim Raney with the California Police Chiefs Association says the time has finally come for law enforcement to have a voice in setting the rules.

 “It’s our goal that this legislation will provide more of a legitimate doctor-patient relationship, where there has to be an in-person visit, a real relationship with the doctor.”

Under the bill, primary care physicians would have to write referalls for medicinal pot prescriptions. The State Department of Health would also regulate the medicinal pot industry.

Doctor Amanda Reiman with the Drug Policy Alliance says the bill is too prohibitive.

“We believe the guidelines are far too restrictive and in the end would actually upset access for qualified patients in California.”

Reiman also says that the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control should regulate medicinal cannabis as a restricted product.

 




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