Efforts to prevent California cities from banning medical cannabis advances

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A bill that would force California cities to accept medical marijuana businesses is progressing

California is making progress in expanding its medical marijuana market. Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 1186 seeks to restore voter-created access to medical cannabis statewide. The idea is to mandatorily require cities to provide patients with access to purchase medical cannabis by delivery. The good news for supporters and stakeholders is that the measure has passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee by a vote of 4-1. It now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Cannabis is an important medicine that has served to improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Its effects are positive for people suffering from HIV, cancer, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegenerative disorders and many other diseases. There is no reason why people should have restricted access to this plant, especially for medical purposes. SB 1186 restores this access for all Californians.

“Medical cannabis is life-saving for so many people, and it’s not acceptable for 62% of California cities to ban people from actually purchasing it,” said Senator Wiener, “Everyone needs and deserves access – as guaranteed by California voters who passed Prop 215 almost 30 years ago. When cities ban purchasing medical cannabis, it denies access and fuels the illegal market. SB 1186 restores medical cannabis access for those who need it.”

Supported by California NORML, SB 1186 is sponsored by the California Cannabis Industry Association. More than 60% of cities have joined the California Cannabis Industry Association. As a result, people living in these cities with various ailments have had to turn to illegal avenues to find medicinal solutions. SB 1186 seeks to address that issue as soon as possible and so far seems to be on the right track.