A new year means new beginnings, so as part of the state effort to regulate medical cannabis we’ve put together a White Paper to discuss some of the challenges facing statewide implementation today.
Twenty years ago California voters approved Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act, exempting qualified patients from state drug laws on marijuana and ushering in the passage of other medical marijuana laws across the country. This was accomplished by patients sharing their stories of comfort with cannabis and building community partnerships to help those in need. Unfortunately, this tradition has been mostly forgotten as access has become easier and commerce has begun to corrupt a not-for-profit system.
The passage of the Medical Marijuana Revenue and Safety Act, signed by the Governor in October 2015, has brought new regulation to the industry, but also much confusion as stakeholders realize the multitude of opposition at the municipal level. Coming into compliance is clearly a struggle for an outlaw industry, but it is important to remember that it is a medical system which supplies daily medicine to patients-in-need, so failure is not an option.