California will not tighten medical marijuana laws this year – AB 604 killed by cops

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California will not tighten medical marijuana laws this year – AB 604 killed by cops

California’s law enforcement leaders have again killed a bill to more tightly regulate medical marijuana in the Golden State.

Assembly Bill 604 – a last-ditch effort to regulate the state’s billion-dollar medical cannabis industry – was not approved by the legislature before deadline last night, our sources write.

The bill faced staunch opposition from California law enforcement leaders who believe marijuana is not medicine and seek to repeal Proposition 215.

“I’d definitely call this ‘medical marijuana thing’ an epidemic that is infecting our society,” states a California Narcotic Officer’s training guide from 2011. “This ‘infectious spillover’ is even affecting us (law enforcement). Also think about the fact that the next generation of law enforcement in this state has grown up thinking marijuana is a ‘medicine’.”

John Lovell, lobbyist for the California Narcotics Officers Association told the San Francisco Chronicle this week that police groups were opposed to the bill.

The death of Assembly Bill 604 means the end of any chance for tighter medical marijuana regulations out of the California legislature this session. The bill would’ve created a new department to register commercial medical cannabis growers and sellers and codify as law the Attorney General’s guidelines on medical marijuana. Currently some police and collectives flout the guidelines, leading to abuses on both sides. Assembly Bill 604 would have placed more restrictions on doctors recommending marijuana as well as allowed cities and counties to ban dispensaries if they chose to.