Tuesday, June 18, 2013

California and Oregon vie to provide statewide cannabis regulations

Bills are pending in both Oregon and California that would try to bring some coherence to chaotic intra-state treatment of medical cannabis.

In California, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is sponsoring AB 473, which would regulate the provision of medical cannabis within the state. Read more at:  (http://www.etopianews.blogspot.com/2013/05/tom-ammiano-continues-fighting-for.html)   

In Oregon, HB 3460 would establish a registry of medical cannabis providers.

The Oregon bill was just endorsed by the state’s (first female) attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, at:  http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/06/oregon_attorney_general_ellen.html.

There seems to be an emerging supposition that states with well-regulated legal medical and recreational cannabis markets are less likely to suffer federal depredations.

State legislators in these neighboring Pacific Coast states and their respective governors will decide on how or whether to regulate medical cannabis and then only time will tell if that assumption is correct.

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