California Attorney General's New Medical Marijuana Guidelines Leaked
Posted by Man vs. Weed | August 08 2011 | 7414 views | Comments ↓
California Attorney General is preparing to release new guidelines for medical marijuana patients, caregivers and growers.
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This week, Man vs. Weed brings you a leaked draft of the 2011 California Attorney General guidelines for the security and non-diversion of marijuana grown for medical use. These new guidelines have some serious ramifications for medical marijuana growers, caregivers and growers. Shona Gochenaur of San Francisco Axis of Love uncovered and forwarded this leaked draft to Brett Stone, who manages the medical marijuana news group of Yahoo through which he released the draft.
Many people in the legal field of Medical Marijuana, call the attorney general guidelines,"The Bible" in regards to medical marijuana law in California. The lawyers and judges look to them to draw the line in the sand with the law. It's been since 2008 that the California Attorney General has released new guidelines, which effects everyone involved in medical marijuana.
Many of the things that are important to growers are the same—allowing for 6 mature plants, 12 vegetative plants and 8 ounces of dried medicine. However, Man vs. Weed wanted to go deeper in to the issue that was brought up in the article we read on tokeofthetown.com by Steve Elliot, which mentions some things that could be concerning in this new 2011 draft for affordable and safe access for patients, by limiting individual patient options. On page 14, item #7 at the top of the page regarding "Having memberships in multiple collectives and cooperatives"
It says MMPA provides certain individuals the right to act collectively or cooperatively to cultivate marijuana, but it does not specifically address whether individuals may be members of multiple collectives or cooperatives. This is a potential concern on multiple levels. If you are a patient now, there is a good chance you are a member of more than one collective or cooperative. Any place you buy medicine, you need to be a member of their collective. If you can no longer legally do that, you must get all your medicine from one location. This fails to consider the needs of patients who have different medication needs that one place may not be able to accommodate.
You also have people using cannabis in many different ways. You have the flowers, but you also have edibles of endless varieties—cooking oil, ice creams, cookies, chocolates. People are making very unique products.
You have concentrates being made now that are medical grade, but not everyone has access to these medicines. This creates a need for patients to possibly be part of more than one collective or cooperative to obtain what ever specific medicine that the individual may need. Those strains, and products are out there. Who are they to decide who gets what?
The office of the Attorney General argue that this guideline is to fight patients and caregivers who merely cultivate large quantities of marijuana and supply to more than one collective, therefore creating a security risk and increases the chance for diversion for non-medical purpose. Because of this concern, its in the office's opinion that collectives and cooperatives should not:
1.) Permit members to have memberships in other collectives or cooperatives without identifying such memberships and stating the need for multiple memberships. Nor
2.) Acquire medical marijuana or edible products from any member or entity that supplies marijuana to other collectives or cooperatives.
Sounds to me that if you as a grower or provider creates any special herb, edible, or concentrate, you will no longer be able to share these medications with other collectives or cooperatives, even if it is something only you can produce. As a patient, if you get your herb from one collective, you wont be able to buy your edibles from another collective or cooperative.
The state blames the large scale illegal growers creating security risks, to justify taking our God given right to share away. An official release of the guidelines is expected sometime between
now and the end of August.
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Article by Man vs. Weed, on Aug. 8th 2011