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.
Health insurance rates will rise an average of 4 percent next year for people buying insurance through California’s health exchange.
Covered California will announce its 2016 health insurance rates Monday.
The California Senate held two hearings today as part of special legislative sessions ordered by Governor Jerry Brown. The sessions will deal with infrastructure and health financing. But some lawmakers wonder what they will accomplish.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
In Reno and around the country, community paramedics are providing more primary and preventive care and taking non-emergency patients to facilities other than emergency rooms.