The division is given the the power to establish statewide standards for cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, distribution and sales of medical marijuana and MMJ products
California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano
(D-San Francisco) has finally prepared a draft medical marijuana regulation bill, AB 473. The bill, less than two pages in length, establishes a Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement Division within the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), "without making any changes to SB 420 or other laws," according to Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML.
The bill creates the Division of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement within the ABC, with a chief executive to be appointed by the director.
The division is given the the power to establish statewide standards for cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, distribution and sales of medical marijuana and MMJ products; to establish a scale of fees for the above activities; to adopt, amend, and rescind reasonable regulations for the control of cannabis; to establish a licensing program and fee structure for cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, distribution and sale of medical marijuana.
Activists point out that there could be a problem with turning control of the state's medical marijuana industry over to the alcohol industry, which reputedly has great influence over the ABC.
"The alcohol lobby was the second largest spender against MMJ after law enforcement," "Mendo" Bruce Buckner told Northwest Leaf. "The ABC is controlled by the alcohol lobby."
"Why do we want to give total control to a non-elected entity with no recourse when they impose the draconian regulations the alcohol lobby would like to see?" Bruce asked.
Steve Elliott edits tokesignals.com, an independent blog of Cannabis news & opinion