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League Co-Sponsored Medical Marijuana Bill Passes First Legislative Committee Milestone

April 21, 2014
This afternoon the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee voted 8-0 to pass SB 1262 (Correa). The bill, sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Association and co-sponsored by the League, provides the first true regulatory framework for the implementation of Proposition 215 (the Compassionate Use Act).
Having been double referred to the Senate Health Committee, SB 1262 is tentatively set to be heard there on April 30.
Today’s vote marks a legislative milestone for SB 1262, which is supported by a growing number of cities, law enforcement and community organizations. The League board of directors voted in February to co-sponsor the legislation because it seeks to improve the regulation of medical cannabis in a manner that protects local control, addresses important public safety concerns and enhances health and safety standards by:
  • Requiring proof of local permitting approval before a state license to operate a dispensary or related facility can be obtained from the California Dept. of Public Health (DPH)
  • Requiring minimum security standards at dispensaries, and establishing transportation and inventorying requirements for marijuana before and after shipment, to prevent diversion
  • Requiring DPH to establish mandatory, uniform testing standards for marijuana; prohibiting use of non-organic pesticides in cultivation, and requiring that all marijuana comply with the California Sherman Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
  • Requiring a doctor-patient relationship for the recommendation process, and requiring dispensaries to verify that the recommending doctor is licensed by the California Medical Board before dispensing any marijuana to the patient. The doctor-patient relationship language was a recent significant amendment that caused NORML, a leading marijuana advocacy group, to remove its opposition.  Originally the bill stated that only a primary care physician, or a referral from such a physician, could recommend marijuana for patients.
More information is available on the League’s website at www.cacities.org/SB1262.

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