Marijuana: Support Building To Fix State Medical Pot System | Local News |

In Santa Ana this November, voters will weigh in on replacing the citys ban with a registration process for dispensaries. And last week, Long Beach voters approved a tax on medical marijuana that would be imposed if the city reverses its ban on dispensaries. In Sacramento, the law enforcement groups that held up previous regulatory bills also are taking a new approach: Instead of opposing oversight efforts, theyve drafted a bill to regulate medical marijuana. Their bill, introduced by Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, would set up a state licensing system for dispensaries and would limit who can recommend the drug. Patients would have to go to their primary-care doctor or someone their primary doctor refers them to to get documents to purchase medical marijuana. The new position has made those seeking reforms including Assemblyman Ammiano, who also has a bill to regulate medical marijuana more optimistic than ever that some consistent rules may be enacted. Its taken a long time, but I think the ship is ready to dock, he said.
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