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Medical Marijuana Regulation Should Be a Local Decision


Cal NORML Legislative Alert – Medical Marijuana Collective Bill AB 1300

A bill to allow local regulation of medical marijuana collectives
and cooperatives has been introduced by Assemblyman Blumenfield (AB


The bill expands on the SB 420 definition of “cooperative” and
“collective” as follows:

(b) “Cooperative or collective,” for purposes of this article,
means a location where qualified patients, persons with a valid
identification card, or the designated primary caregivers of
qualified patients and persons with identification cards associate
within this state in order to collectively or cooperatively cultivate
marijuana for medical purposes.

The bill would repeal the Buchanan bill, which established a 600
-foot buffer zone from schools.
Instead, it gives local governments broad authority to regulate
collectives, as follows:

Nothing in this article shall prevent a city or other
local governing body from adopting and enforcing any of the
(a) Adopting local ordinances that regulate the location,
operation, or establishment of a medical marijuana cooperative or
(b) The civil and criminal enforcement
of local ordinances described in subdivision(a)

The basic thrust would be to do away with a flood of ongoing court
suits that challenge local authority to regulate collectives.
Note that it does nothing to assure that patients who can’t grow
their own will have safe or convenient access to medicine in their
The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety
Committee on Apr. 26th.

– Dale Gieringer

California NORML, 2261 Market St. #278A, San Francisco CA 94114
-(415) 563- 5858 – www.canorml.org


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  1. My wife has stage IV, metastatic breast cancer and would greatly benefit from medical cannabis. I am currently trying to convince the New Hampshire government to adopt laws that would allow her “unfettered” access to her physician’s prescriptive advice concerning the nausea that is caused by the chemotherapy she has been on for the past two years! She is constantly nauseous and all the anti-emetic drugs available have limited success but cannabis works. If you are a resident of New Hampshire and want to help us please sign my petition to the Governor at Change.org, just type in HB 442 in the search box and you will find it. Thank you!

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