California medical pot advocates call for statewide regulation


By Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee

Alarmed by a police backlash against pot dispensaries in some California cities, lawmakers and advocates for medical marijuana are calling for statewide regulation of medical cannabis stores and new laws to clarify rules under which they operate.

Additionally, some medical marijuana advocates are pushing lawmakers to consider regulations – similar to those in Colorado – that would permit medical marijuana providers to operate as for-profit businesses.

Currently, under California law, dispensaries providing medical marijuana must operate as nonprofit “collectives” of registered medical marijuana patients who reimburse dispensaries for the costs of providing medicinal pot.

But medical cannabis in California has boomed into an industry generating an estimated $1.3 billion in transactions and paying hundreds of millions of dollars in salaries, rent and overhead costs.

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  1. Skibum says - Posted: February 16, 2011

    Not to mention all the other “money laundering” business that open up to hide profits such as Motorcycle and Tattoo shops that operate at a loss. Or how about buying houses and cars for cash and laughing all the way to the bank at at the powerless City unable to collect any tax. Non profit my keester.

  2. HARDtoMAKEaLIVINGinTAHOE says - Posted: February 16, 2011

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  3. fpogen says - Posted: February 16, 2011

    That song is completely out of context for this topic….