While tensions are continuing to rise between the US Department of Justice and California medical cannabis patients, Americans For Safe Access and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 have formed a coalition to take strengthened statewide regulations to the ballot.
ASA California Director and Ronald Lind, President of the 33,000 member strong labor union, are the main proponents of The California Medical Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act. Backers are also saying the measure has been vetted through numerous dispensary operators, collective cultivators, and members of the Emerald Growers Association.
The main goals of the CSSMMR Act include,
- Establish a self-funded Bureau of Medical Marijuana Enforcement
- Establish a 2.5% tax on the sale of medical marijuana to fund all BMME activities and pay for the registry system
- Explicitly protect medical patients’ civil rights, which were implicit in voter approved Prop. 215
- Exempt patients and primary caregivers growing medical marijuana at home for personal use only
- Mandate state registration after July 1, 2013 for every person in California engaged in cultivating, processing, manufacturing, transporting, distributing, selling medical marijuana for use by others
- Prohibit cities and counties from excluding the operation of state-permitted medical marijuana businesses, but explicitly permit the establishment of reasonable zoning regulations on the location of facilities
With more Californians supporting safe access then ever, despite recent law enforcement pressure, it should be a great November for taking new steps to help protect patients. To find out more on the ballot initiative go to www.RegulateMedicalMarijuana.org.
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