Pubdate: Sat, 15 Mar 2014
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2014 Los Angeles Times
Author: Tom Ammiano


Re "New rules for medical pot," Editorial, March 12

Your editorial notes that state Sen. Lou Correa's (D-Santa Ana) bill 
"has problems." But it ignores my AB 604, which would regulate 
medical cannabis without the problems your editorial correctly 
identifies. That includes heavy-handed regulation of legitimate doctors.

My bill provides for discipline of medical bad actors without 
patronizing guidelines restricting all doctors. The shortcomings of 
the other bill are not surprising. Its sponsors have historically 
opposed any regulations and have spent the last 17 years trying to 
overturn the voter-approved Proposition 215.

Some of those sponsors continue to be quoted as opposing any 
marijuana use, even though most Californians feel otherwise.

California needs a bill preserving local control over dispensaries 
while providing for careful oversight of the production, 
transportation and sale of medical marijuana by an experienced agency 
equipped to do that. We need oversight to include environmental protection.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano

(D-San Francisco)
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