Advocates Need Help To Improve Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill In California
Joe | Jun 21, 2012 | Comments 0
Earlier this month we reported on the medical marijuana regulation bill currently being considered in the CA Legislature – AB 2312 – being passed by the Assembly. Now, according to the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, some unfavorable changes have been made to the legislation, changes that can still be reversed.
Unfortunately, the Assembly Appropriations Committee made some changes to the bill that we don’t like, so ASA is asking you to do something amazing again – help change it back. We have created a petition for Assemblymember Ammiano and his colleagues in the Senate asking them to undo the amendments. Please take a minute right now to sign the petition.
One amendment increases the additional local tax allowed to 5%, and that is on top of ordinary sales tax and any other local taxes. We know cities and counties need revenue, but this is too much to pass along to legal patients. We need a more reasonable cap on local taxation. Another amendment removes the requirement for voters to approve local bans on medical cannabis patients’ cooperatives and collectives. We do not want to see e officials take the easy route by banning safe access. We want the voters to decide in every city and county.
I know the legislative tug-of-war can be frustrating. Don’t give up just because we have a couple of bad amendments. We beat the odds before, and we can do it again. Remember that your voice is the most important one. Research shows that elected officials are more interested in what their constituents think than in what lobbyists say. Speak up and help get AB 2312 back where we want it!
Sign the petition to improve AB 2312, and then ask your friends and loved one to do the same. Please do it soon. Our next chance to amend AB 2312 is this coming Monday, when the first Senate Committee considers the bill.
If you are a patient or supporter of medical cannabis in California, this piece of legislation will affect you greatly, so it’s imperative that you let your State Senators and others know how you feel.
Whether this bill will have any affect on federal actions remains to be seen, but it’s unlikely. The feds are hunting big game like California and Colorado in the hopes that the rest of the states will fall in line when it comes to medical marijuana. They could care less about state laws and regulations, or lack thereof.