Saving Lives: Protecting Patients with Marijuana

On November 5, 1996, the voters of California approved Proposition 215 also known as The Compassionate Use Act of 1996.  It authorized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, becoming the first state to allow such use.  Currently 23 states have access to medical marijuana, with states like Colorado and Oregon placing regulations on the medical industry.  Although California can be said to be the pioneer in terms of medical marijuana, it has lacked regulations since the passing of Prop 215.

Lack of Regulations.

As of now, little regulation is in place in California in regards to the production and transportation of medical marijuana within the state, but AB266 plans to change that.  In essence, this bill will establish a Department which will be in charge of the regulation and licensing of medical marijuana, as well as adopting a system for reporting the movement of commercial cannabis and cannabis products.

AB243 Requirements.

The requirements for AB243 propose regulations or standards to be made by state agencies relating to medical marijuana and its cultivation, in addition to allowing local agencies to take steps to mitigate the impact that marijuana cultivation has on the environment.  Lastly, SB643 would place regulations on the recommending of marijuana made by physicians. For example, it will regulate the amount of recommendations a doctor may give, as well as ensuring they are evaluating the patient in “good faith”.  

Safer Access for Patients.

In taking the steps to place regulations the State of California, although may be seen as limiting access, can potentially create safer access for patients.  In effect, AB266 can set standards and allow a more uniform procedure of establishing dispensaries, and having those which are illegally operating be shut down.  As of now, local agencies are passing different ordinances which either allow or ban dispensaries.  With this proposal in effect local agencies will have more guidance from state agencies on how to deal with dispensaries.

Further, AB243 would create standards in the productions, such as testing for pesticides or other harmful chemicals that could place a patient at risk.  This will ensure that patients know what they are consuming, thereby allowing patients to be better informed. In spite of the possibility of increasing the production cost of marijuana, the benefit of having safer access would outweigh this increase.  

Given that SB243 can limit the amount of recommending’s a physicians can make, it can potentially handicap those needing access.  However, it can ensure that those who can truly benefit from the medical properties of marijuana are obtaining access, while eliminating those that are using for recreational purposes.  It will also ensure that patient’s know the precautions of using marijuana, as it will require a good faith evaluation.  In addition, it can put a stop on those physicians profiting from excessively recommending marijuana.

Proposition 243 is Good for Our State.

In conclusion, supposing these regulations do take into effect, although not ideal, it will benefit the medical marijuana industry in the long run.  The state of California is in need of regulations, as it has been lacking since the passage of Prop 215.  With the bad social political view marijuana has with the current drug war laws, these regulations can ensure medical marijuana maintains a good reputation in the eyes of those who oppose.  It can open the door for more testing to be made to fully understand the medical benefits of marijuana.

Posted on
October 6, 2015
in
Fresno Criminal Law Posts
category
AB 243, AB243, Compassionate Use act of 1996, Fresno marijuana, marijuana, marijuana lawyer, marijuana regulations, medical

Can The Police Take My Cell Phone And Search It?

Cell phones searches may be illegal and to determine if the police illegally searched your cell phone, call a Fresno criminal defense attorney.
Criminal
Tina Barberi, DUI and criminal lawyer in Fresno will fight to win your criminal and DUI case.
Tina M. Barberi
April 22, 2015
Would you mind others snooping on your cell phone? If not, you are not alone. See what the US Supreme Court said about the legality of searching your cell phone and what you can do to avoid the police from viewing your cell.

Bailing out of the Fresno County Jail

A Fresno lawyer is able to help you understand the bailing out process in Fresno and get a bail bonds company of you.
Criminal
Tina Barberi, DUI and criminal lawyer in Fresno will fight to win your criminal and DUI case.
Tina M. Barberi
April 2, 2015
What is bail and why do I need it? Learn the ins and outs of bail and how to stay out of jail in Fresno. When facing criminal charges, it is important to know what your rights are concerning bail and whether you should use it.

When Will I be Released from the Jail in Fresno County?

If you are in custody at the Fresno County Jail, find an experienced and dedicated law group that will help with your defense.
Criminal
Tina Barberi, DUI and criminal lawyer in Fresno will fight to win your criminal and DUI case.
Tina M. Barberi
March 18, 2015
Do you know the laws when you are arrested and held in the Fresno County Jail? If not, you must read this blog to see how long the government can hold you in jail without bringing criminal charges against you.

17 Best Tips To Find the Best Criminal or Drunk Driving Lawyer in Fresno

Facing criminal or drunk driving charges in Fresno is serious. Find the right criminal and DUI lawyer in Fresno.
Criminal
Tina Barberi, DUI and criminal lawyer in Fresno will fight to win your criminal and DUI case.
Tina M. Barberi
March 1, 2019
When you are facing criminal or drunk driving charges in Fresno, find out why you need a lawyer and what to look for when hiring legal counsel. Here are 17 tips that can help you find the best lawyer for you and your criminal case.

When Will I be Released from the Jail in Fresno County?

If you are in custody at the Fresno County Jail, find an experienced and dedicated law group that will help with your defense.
Criminal
Tina Barberi, DUI and criminal lawyer in Fresno will fight to win your criminal and DUI case.
Tina M. Barberi
March 18, 2015
Do you know the laws when you are arrested and held in the Fresno County Jail? If not, you must read this blog to see how long the government can hold you in jail without bringing criminal charges against you.

Don't Press Your Luck This Saint Patrick's Day!

Drunk driving on March 17 is dangerous and you will likely be arrested if you are pulled over by Fresno police officers.
DUI
If you are arrested for DUI, get the best legal defense with help from Jeanne Slaven.
Jeanne Slaven
March 16, 2015
Have some green beer and relax this Saint Patrick's Day. There is no need to drive this year. Check out this new app that will keep you save as well as out of jail. With this app, you can count your lucky stars by not driving.

Happy Veterans Day! Let's Celebrate Our Brave Soldiers

Criminal lawyers will help you when you are charged with a Drunk driving this Veteran's Day.
Our Firm
If you are arrested for DUI, get the best legal defense with help from Jeanne Slaven.
Jeanne Slaven
November 11, 2015
Fresno Police Department is patrolling this weekend for suspected drunk drivers in Fresno. If you are drinking during the holiday weekend, please make sure to not drink and drive. If you have facing charges, get help now.

Latest and Strangest DUI and Criminal Law News

See what is in the news today with these stories. Fresno defense lawyer will fight your criminal and traffic case in Fresno.
Our Firm
If you are arrested for DUI, get the best legal defense with help from Jeanne Slaven.
Jeanne Slaven
August 19, 2015
Need a little humor in your life? If so, you do not want to miss out on the latest and strangest stories out there today. Learn from these guys so you do not find yourself in the same situation and facing criminal charges in court.

Speedy Trial Violations: Dismissals are Possible

Fresno courts must dismiss the case against you even if you are guilty when your rights are violated in Fresno with the right attorney.
Criminal
DUI defense lawyer enlists Gonzalo Quezada for clients accused of DUI, criminal or traffic charges.
Gonzalo Quezada
April 18, 2016
The government is required to prosecute you within a reasonable period of time, and when there is a violation of a speedy trial right, it is serious. See if your case should be dismissed when the district attorney violates the law.

Motions to Suppress in Criminal Cases in Fresno

Illegal detentions, searches and seizures are serious and without a criminal attorney, it is difficult to win a suppression motion.
DUI
DUI defense lawyer enlists Gonzalo Quezada for clients accused of DUI, criminal or traffic charges.
Gonzalo Quezada
March 6, 2015
Motion to suppress hearings are a way to show the police illegally searched or seized evidence illegally. Make sure you understand what these motions are and how to use them when you are facing criminal charges.

Happy Halloween! The Scary Truth of Halloween DUIs

Do not drink and drive on Halloween. If you are arrested and face DUI or criminal charges, get a DUI attorney in Fresno.
Our Firm
DUI defense lawyer enlists Gonzalo Quezada for clients accused of DUI, criminal or traffic charges.
Gonzalo Quezada
October 30, 2015
The scariest trick you can receive is winding up in jail on Halloween. If you are preparing to drink on our scariest day of the year, take these tips to heart before getting in your car. We can show you how to avoid a DUI arrest.

Cellphone Location Data and Privacy in Fresno

Cell phone criminal lawyers Fresno will help you with illegal search and seizures. Need experienced advice in criminal prosecutions.
Criminal
DUI defense lawyer enlists Gonzalo Quezada for clients accused of DUI, criminal or traffic charges.
Gonzalo Quezada
January 16, 2016
Should officers be able to search your phone in Fresno? What rights do you have when it comes to your phone? Find out if your phone is subject to being searched by law enforcement and what can you do to protect your privacy.

You Might Also Like