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.
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.
Pro-choice lawmakers are backing a bill in the California Assembly that seeks to ensure pregnant women know they have access to abortions.
The California health exchange has set monthly limits on prices consumers will pay for specialty prescription drugs.
The State of California has dropped an appeal in an ongoing court case regarding the state’s treatment of mentally ill prison inmates.