California Assembly panel passes medical marijuana regulation bill

The Sacramento Bee:
AB 2312 would charge fees to dispensaries and other medical Cannabis businesses to create a policing agency – the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Enforcement – in the state Department of Consumer Affairs. The board would approve licenses for businesses selling, growing or transporting marijuana for use by people with physicians’ recommendations.

The Ammiano bill doesn’t include many of the rules in place in Colorado, such as requiring every pot industry worker to be state licensed, mandating video surveillance of Marijuana stores and requiring state pre-approval of transportation of medical cannabis.

The Ammiano bill would require cities and counties to allow at least one marijuana dispensary for every 50,000 residents – unless local voters approve a ban or tighter restrictions. It would leave it up to a nine-member state board to set rules for the industry.

Don Duncan, California director for Americans for Safe Access, said the bill is a key step for allowing people permitted to use medical marijuana under California’s 1996 Compassionate Use Act to obtain it at regulated dispensaries in their communities.

“There is strong support by voters in the state of California to finish this compassionate endeavor,” Duncan said. “Confusion has led to bans and moratoriums against dispensaries, and that’s bad for patients.”

(Source: sacbee.com)

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