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.
Premiums in California’s individual marketplace will increase for the fifth consecutive year, due in part to federal changes and a predicted departure of healthy consumers.
Kaiser Permanente’s "Salud en Español" clinic is part of a wider effort to increase culturally appropriate services for Latino residents, who are at high risk for diabetes and hypertension but are less likely than white patients to go to the doctor.
Gov. Jerry Brown opted not to include major investments in public health insurance programs in his budget revision on Friday, citing a preference for one-time spending measures over long-term commitments.
Enrollment in Covered California dropped slightly this year. Numbers out today show 1.5 million people enrolled for 2018. That's down about two percent from the previous year. A drop in renewals offset gains in new enrollees.
There's a big public health push to stop pumping livestock with antibiotics. A new report looks at which fast food chains are being choosy about their meat.