State Senator Lou Correa Authors First Marijuana Bill Backed by Cops

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Jay Brockman
State Senator Lou Correa (D-Anaheim) has pulled off the impossible: he's authored medical marijuana legislation that is actually supported by both the California League of Cities (which has both lobbied against pot dispensaries and helped cities actively ban them) as well as law enforcement, which has never supported a single pro-pot bill.

The proposed legislation, SB 1262, would regulate dispensaries, physicians and cultivation sites. Specifically, the State Department of Public Health would be responsible for licensing all dispensaries and grow operations, which would also be subject to inspections by county health departments. Meanwhile, there would be no such requirements for private medical marijuana patients, whose right to grow and consume pot would remain unchanged under current state law.

That's the good news. Click on through for the not-so-great stuff.

Okay, so the fact that cops and city officials support this bill was a pretty big clue that Correa's bill isn't exactly opening California up to the type of legalization underway in Colorado and Washington. Indeed, the rub occurs where the legislation calls for the regulation of physicians. As it turns out, the bill would require that any doctor who recommends marijuana for a patient must "have a bona fide doctor-patient relationship" with that person. That's another way of saying that the doctor in question must be either the patient's  primary care physician or a doctor to whom the patient is referred by their primary care physician.

Needless to say, pro-legalization advocates like CA NORML aren't exactly jumping for joy. "This would effectively make it impossible for the innumerable patients whose primary care physicians do not know or care about medical marijuana to obtain recommendations," argues NORML's Dale Gierenger, who adds that most patients have limited options in choosing their primary care physicians. That said, Gierenger sees some value in the bill. "While the physician restrictions in SB 1262 are highly objectionable and need to be defeated, it is nonetheless a welcome development that law enforcement has thrown in the towel and endorsed the licensing of medical marijuana dispensaries, an idea they have previously stoutly resisted," he says. 'Hopefully this is an omen that the legislature will finally enact a much-needed medical marijuana industry regulation bill this session--but without unacceptable restrictions on doctors."

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mojo3145
mojo3145

Very similar to what maine is doing, and their mmj industry is doing just fine.  I see alot of criminal enterprises getting shutdown, and keeping the cartels in check with this law.  I'm a caregiver.

shepherd_of_jerusale
shepherd_of_jerusale

The ONLY thing dangerous about marijuna are cops who shoot you for having it.

Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals' reports.



TOBACCO - 340,000 to 450,000


ALCOHOL  (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) - 150,000+


ASPIRIN  (Including deliberate overdose) - 180 to 1,000+


CAFFEINE  (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) - 1,000 to 10,000


"LEGAL" DRUG OVERDOSE  (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol - e.g. Valium/alcohol - 14,000 to 27,000


ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE - (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs - 3,800 to 5,200


MARIJUANA - 0



(**Marijuana users also have the same or LOWER incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general NON-marijuana using population as a whole.** Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What IDIOTS would invite the anti-pot law-enforcement goons who've been running the drug war to write the REGULATIONS for the industry?



jeff.schlagle
jeff.schlagle

What about the Veteran? His or her primary care physician is thru the Veterans Administration (V.A.). The position of the V.A. is that MMJ is a schedule 1 narcotic and has no medicinal use and can not be prescribed. Also no studies can be done by any federally funded entity. There are several of organizations that see a potential for MMJ for treatment of seizures, PTSD, and chronic pain. Are we going to take care of our Veterans as many have suffered and are suffering to insure we have rights that we have today?

    As a Veteran I know that I have to take a handful of pills twice a day and I would sure like to know, how much can be treated by a natural pain medicine that is proven to be safe and of no potential harm in use as medicine as early as 2900 b.c..

robincook
robincook

Did not the prior governor decriminalize marijuana for personal use?

So in California we have legal medical marijuana and decriminalized personal use marijuana. If some of you would air-out for a month or so you would think clear again and realize what you are fighting for is already a done deal.


 Or you can enjoy a double serving of Moose Turd Pie.

NoBullshit
NoBullshit

This bill is bullshit and a complete waste of money.  Just decriminalize it already...

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Why the hell are my comments continuously disappearing?


robincook
robincook

“As long as they are not hurting anyone else, live and let live. “ sanclementejedi

It's none of my business what you put into your body, Robin, and likewise it is none of your business what I put into mine” yzwxuv

“So, what's an acceptable ratio of potheads …” ethernot

A woman drove into Santa Ana from near Bakersfield . As she left the pot shop she ran down a mother and her daughters, killing one of the daughters.


Cowan failed her field sobriety test at the scene, and a container of marijuana was found on her dashboard, Bertagna said.”


Another death and major injuries related to pot use.


“So live and let live, …none of your business what I put into mine, … acceptable ratio of potheads…” You want to tell the family of the dead and injured your lines of BS?

Jennifer McCutcheon
Jennifer McCutcheon

Close, but no cigar..back to the drawing board boys, you can do better!

Whackadoodle
Whackadoodle

Control freaks are so funny. Give it up. We always have and will smoke. Cant stop us. Might as well join us and make some tax money.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Nich you do realize that these groups only support this because its a Trojan horse meant to sabotage any efforts to implement sane policies in this area? Right?

feargal1
feargal1

This is a horrible bill and flies in the face of existing medical insurance practices. The reason many people have PPO rather than HMO is so that they do not have to be dependent on their primary care making the referral.


People want the freedom to choose their own doctors!

ethernot
ethernot

Note that this terrible piece of anti-medical cannabis legislation also *specifically* bans the medical use of BHO…!? (Full text here: http://goo.gl/ZY1lxV)

Pretty much what we'd expect from organizations that start from a position of "marijuana isn't medicine" and "the Compassionate Use Act was a con job put over on the voters by drug dealers".

It won't matter much if patients "right to grow and consume pot would remain unchanged" if they can't get a doctor's recommendation!

robincook
robincook

@shepherd_of_jerusale


Cowan failed her field sobriety test at the scene, and a container of marijuana was found on her dashboard, Bertagna said.”


Another death and major injuries related to pot use.


Your quoted studies are in error.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay A guy who wants to scuttle any attempt to legitimize cannabis. Lou Correa.

mojo3145
mojo3145

@jeff.schlagleI "have a bona fide doctor-patient relationship" and see her twice a year for mmj for my cert.  The rest of the year I see my regular doctor at the VA 3 or 4 times the rest of the year.

robincook
robincook

@jeff.schlagle You think MJ would be good source of pain med's?


I have #30 codeine (special order because of high dose) and another opium for pain.


I think that MJ would magnify my pain, besides

adding paranoia and drooling brain fade to the mix.

ethernot
ethernot

@paullucas714  Could it be, just possibly, that you're saying things that *somebody* doesn't want others to hear?

It doesn't qualify as paranoia if they're really out to get you ... 

roman_archer
roman_archer

@paullucas714 It's a conspiracy Paul. Quick, someone call Lou Correa! (sorry, I couldn't resist).

ethernot
ethernot

@robincook What's the matter, aren't there any articles out there on climate change or "Obamacare" today?  Poor thing, you must be miserable, to be reduced to flogging off in front of a bunch of dope fiends ...

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@robincook

Let me be more illustrative on why this is a bad bill. If you were ever a fan of Dr Dimento think about Moose Turd Pie. Or you tube it so you can understand.


What this bill does is eliminates those doctors who are brave enough to recommend the use of cannabis to seriously ill patients for their illnesses. This bill legally puts those Drs out of business by "Specific Exclusion", and relegates that duty allowed ONLY To peoples PRIMARY Physicians. This is bad because those who are truly in need of cannabis or medical reason are usually those who are on medicare or medicaid due to severe disabilities and illness. These doctors who treat these seriously ill patients accept federal funds from Medicare and Medicaid etc, to treat their patients are forbidden by federal law to recommend the us of cannabis. In fact al doctors are that's why we get Recommendations and NOT PRESCRIPTIONS, Think Lou's SB 289 bill.


So feel how you may about the use of cannabis, medically or recreationally. But know this, BILLIONS of tax dollars are spent every year just to TRY and slow down the use of cannabis for ANY Reason. Those are you tax dollars man. And Lou Correa, is basically wuilling to throw sick injured and terminally ill patients out of their wheelchairs in order o chase kids on skateboards who just wanna get high in a legal manner by getting a Recommendation. So ask yourself, do you prefer the wasting of BILLIONS of tax dollars, knock folks out of their wheelchairs, and LOSE BILLIONS Of Dollars in Tax Revenues (COLRADO n WASHINGTON)  just to TRY and SLOW DOWN the use of an intoxicant that is SAFE, (NOT SAFER Thank Alcohol, ITS FUCKING SAFE PERIOD)

That's what this bill does.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@robincook  

You sound like one of those ridiculous anti-marijuana PSAs they were showing a few years back. I suppose you also think weed turns you into a rapist or rape victim...BS!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@robincook Robin, I suggest that you advocate for the [prohibition of alcohol if you are going to use that as the threshold for supporting the continued prohibition and legal limbo of cannabis.

roman_archer
roman_archer

Props for listing the link. It sounds much worse when you read the actual text of the proposed legislation. It's the proverbial one step forward, two steps back.

shepherd_of_jerusale
shepherd_of_jerusale

robincook
You are so wrong... don't like the above study?
How about the U.S. Department of Transpiration?

Accordingly a 1993 study done by the U.S. Department of Transportation came to the same conclusion as the above concerning marijuana and driving safety:


“Marijuana, administered in a dose of 100 µg THC per kg of whole body weight...did not significantly change mean driving performance as measured...” - U.S Department of Transportation: Marijuana and Actual Driving Performance DOT HS 808 078


The fact is people who use marijuana reflexes are not affected in a negative way and they become more conscious of safety, sometimes refusing to even drive.


Marijuana is a plant with a safety record second to none.


Anyone who would like to dispute these FACTS, point to a credible death that involves marijuana and nothing but marijuana, or hold your tongue.


Point to a death, or shut up... I'll be waiting, but your kind can never produce... just yap.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@paullucas714 ... this bill doesn't LEGALIZE marijuana, nor "legitimize" it -- not even close.


Sad fact is many clueless stoners will support crap like this that is nothing but a CONTINUATION of the Prohibition and Criminalization of Marijuana.



ethernot
ethernot

@robincook   Anybody taking that many opiates probably hasn't had a decent bowel movement in weeks …  Wow, that explains so much!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@robincook @jeff.schlagle Robin, do you thin that or are you told that? Also, those opiates are doing far more damage to your brain and body than MMJ can ever do. Cannabis, with its THC, CBD cannabadiols are powerful anti-histamines. Its the histamines that accumulate in the sites of injuries that cause the swelling and inflammation.

The use of cannabis work at the site of action (injured area at the molecular level) to reduce both the incidence and intensity of your symptoms and diminish inflammation and swelling and cellular damage by protecting the cells and reversing the damage done.  Both THC and CBD, work at different cellular levels to reduce these symptoms by natural chemical reaction. We are born and have in our bodies cannabinoid receptors that are only receptive to cannabanoids. cannabanoids are fostered by mothers milk which is extremely high in cannabadiols that help develop this portion of the human immune system.


If you find yourself ever ready to try cannabis to treat your pain instead of those opiates, I thin you would do very well with edibles. But make sure you talk to someone like me or someone you know who is familiar wit the titration of edibles so you don't have a bad experience on your first try.

robincook
robincook

@ethernot @robincook   Yes I do. 


I think it is a waste to refight prior battles when the war was already won.


On September 30, 2010, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law CA State Senate Bill 1449, effectively reducing the charge of possession of up to one ounce of cannabis from a misdemeanor to a violation,  The government people still want money from pot smokers.


And this has been on the ballot and defeated each time.

roman_archer
roman_archer

@paullucas714 BRAVO! You said everything I wanted to and more. One last thing: Thats Moose turd pie! It's good though! : )

roman_archer
roman_archer

@FishWithoutBicycle you and Paul are on fire today. I'm just going to kick back and enjoy. By the way, I LOVE those anti-pot psa's. They are the modern day reefer madness!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@paullucas714

No kidding. Of course, at least the prohibition of alcohol (albeit a tremendous failure) was done with noble intentions. Marijuana was criminalized for purely political reasons...because hemp was (and is) a great alternative material for paper and the lumber industry (and others) wanted to eliminate the competition.

ethernot
ethernot

@roman_archer  Yes, so much so that we wonder why groups like ASA or NORML haven't made stronger statements against it … ?

robincook
robincook

@ducks7 @robincook@shepherd_of_jerusale


The fact is there was a container of marijuana on the dash board. 


Was she drunk? Did she smoke pop before leaving the pot stop? Was she texting? I don't know if she was drunk, we will need to wait for the trial to learn about her DUI driving and what she was under the influence of.

robincook
robincook

@shepherd_of_jerusale


Marijuana is a plant with a safety record second to none.”


There are no safety records for Marijuana is that what you mean by “none”?


“Point to a death or shut up... I'll be waiting, but your kind can never produce”


I have, you choose to ignore it. And one of your own studies you use as proof of safety says LOWER deaths, not zero.


(**Marijuana users also have the same or LOWER incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general NON-marijuana using population as a whole.**


If you enjoy smoking MJ, I am not stopping you.


robincook
robincook

@ethernot   I also take med's for that too. But the pain med's I take infrequently. If you like MJ for pain and other stuff, that is your choice. 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@robincook @jeff.schlagle Robin,

yes I do. And the anti inflammatory and anti histamine properties in cannabis prevent the pain before it happens thus treat the problem and not just the symptoms.

robincook
robincook

@jeff.schlagle and Paul, the question was do you take MJ for pain control?


If you can't answer, I understand.

jeff.schlagle
jeff.schlagle

@paullucas714  Thank you.  I was going to tell Robin the same thing and the same facts, but I thought his/her ignorant view of MMJ wouldn't be swayed by facts.  Just like our government, decisions are being made because of the rumors and propoganda that has been shoved down our throats for the last 50 years.  As I was trying to say, more research has to be done as to what healing properties Cannabis holds as an alternative to heavy opiates and narcotics.  Testing needs to be legally documented for healing properties and cures MMJ holds for such diseases and medical issues as PTSD, seizures, cancer, migraines, HIV, glaucoma, etc.  

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@robincook @ethernot he reduced it from a felony to a misdemeanor. But 12 ounces of alcohol was never a misdemeanor. far more damage has been done to individuals and society from 12 ounces of alcohol than any ounce of cannabis. Ever.

ethernot
ethernot

@robincook  … too bad you don't have anything else.

(Come on now, this is too easy; are you even trying?!)

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@roman_archer  

I was on fire? Nah, just "smoking"...he he he. :-D


Funny thing is, I tried to watch Reefer Madness once and fell asleep within the first 10 minutes. LOL

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ethernot @roman_archer  


NORML = the Lobbying Arm of Greedy Marijuana McLawyers.


The bigger the legal clusterfuck, the more $$$ those shysters make on legal fees.


Marijuana Lawyers would be OUT OF WORK if pot were fully legalized, they don't want that anymore than law enforcement does.


.

ethernot
ethernot

@roman_archer  "Politics makes strange bedfellows" is a quaint old way of saying "Somebody's going to get it in the a--".  Usually, it's the rest of us.

roman_archer
roman_archer

@ethernot @roman_archer Well NORML is losing major points with me due to their new partnership with WeedMaps. In my opinion, WeedMaps is one of the largest frauds being perpetrated on the California Medical Marijuana community. In case you don't know, dispensaries have to pay WeedMaps hundreds of dollars per month to list their collectives. This gives the dispensaries the means to remove any unfavorable reviews from WeedMaps review section while shilling endless amounts of fake positive reviews to lure in unsuspecting patients. The single largest scam dispensary in Southern California is Clone Queen Genetics out of Ranch Cucamonga. This clone only delivery service has ripped off hundreds of patients throughout  Southern California with fake genetic strains, fake claims of a 30 day warranty and fake claims of a genetic testing site in Europe that verifies it's strains. You can look all over the internet and find hundreds of outraged customers ripped off by Clone Queen and it's owner, Brendon Kennedy. But if you only look at WeedMaps, you'll see endless amounts of fake positive reviews that look like they were written by Mary Poppins. All of their positive reviews are self generated. They have been able to maintain this scam all because of WeedMaps. And now WeedMaps is partnering with NORML to redesign NORML's entire web site and social media circle. I wonder if NORML realizes how much credibility it's losing by associating with WeedMaps. Ah, but the story gets even better. The owner of Clone Queen, Brendon Kennedy, the man who has swindled more medical patients in California then anyone else is up on felony drug charges in San Bernardino County and guess who his legal representation is? Lawyer Bruce Margolin, head of the Los Angeles chapter of NORML.

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