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.
In 22 Northern California counties, some health insurance customers have only one choice of insurer in Covered California. We go to a rural community north of Quincy to find out what that's like.
Blue Shield of California stopped selling policies to individuals in 250 zip codes in 2014. The coverage area reduction is especially felt in Northern California, where consumers have few choices through Covered California.
Anthem Blue Cross, the largest insurer in Covered California's Northern California region, ended an out-of-state benefit for individual planholders this year. Blue Shield of California plans in the region also restrict care to within state lines.
The open enrollment period for Covered California began less than a month ago. But the pace of applications and enrollments has already exceeded last year.
California offers several services for both documented and undocumented immigrants. But fears about deportation deter many people from taking advantage of the benefits offered to them.