L.A. 420 Collective News! More than 400 Medical Marijuana Collectives in the L.A. County area were notified toclose up shop before June 7, 2010. Will shop keepers decide to fight the pronouncement to let their shops go up in smoke?
The “official” decision to go against social progress is not likely to bode well for city officials. After all the great work celebs and Ca. residents have done to de-stigmatize medical marijuana as a natural remedy alternative for so many costly pharmaceuticals, this is distressing news for many “going green” Americans.
Medical Marijuana became legal in 1996 when California voters approved Proposition 215, known as the Compassionate Use Act. The proposition removed state-level criminal penalties for the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients who have received recommendations by their physician.
In 2003, Senate Bill 420, known as the Medical Marijuana Program Act, was signed into law. The act established statewide guidelines outlining the amount and weight of marijuana a patient and their caregivers may posses and grow. Patients who have received physician recommendations may possess no more than eight ounces of dried marijuana and/or six mature (or 12 immature) marijuana plants. Counties and local municipalities may approve local ordinances permitting patients to possess larger quantities of marijuana.The bill also mandates the California Department of State Health Services to establish a voluntary medicinal marijuana patient registry and identification card program to qualified patients. Senate Bill 420 also granted right to medical marijuana collectives.
Medical Marijuana collectives, also known as dispensaries or clinics, provide their members access to medical marijuana. Dispensaries offer marijuana in a variety of forms, from traditional bud to smoke, to edible treats. “The dispensaries range from Hollywood-day-spa fabulous to shoddy-looking storefronts with hand-painted billboards.” “Across California there are an estimated 2,100 dispensaries, co-operatives, wellness clinics and taxi delivery services in the sector known as “cannabusiness”. That is more than all the Starbucks, McDonald’s and 7-Eleven outlets in the state put together.””
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