Pubdate: Tue, 11 Feb 2014
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2014 Los Angeles Times
Author: Amanda Reiman


Re "Blowing up," Feb. 6

While it is true that the production of cannabis extracts that 
involve combustion pose a risk, The Times was correct to point out 
that "the explosions are a growing side effect of California's 
unregulated medical marijuana industry."

Indeed, the lack of oversight by the state has left localities 
overburdened, the emerging industry confused and medical cannabis 
patients in a perpetual state of limbo. California is now trying to 
put the genie back into the bottle via local bans on cultivating and 
dispensing marijuana.

Instead, we should establish a state-level medical marijuana program, 
with clear guidelines on where marijuana and its related products can 
be cultivated, processed and distributed.

Two legislators recently attempted to fix this problem by creating a 
state-run program administered through the Department of Alcoholic 
Beverage Control. It is this type of program that can create a safer 
environment for all involved with medical marijuana.

Amanda Reiman

Berkeley The writer is the California policy manager for the Drug 
Policy Alliance.
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