Marijuana Distribution

 

Resolution 13-07.06

 

WHEREAS the California Supreme Court has ruled that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana collectives under their zoning laws with over 200 cities and counties encompassing most of the state  having enacted bans, and

WHEREAS California's medical marijuana collectives were the only legal distribution system available to patients to obtain medicinal marijuana and the lack of any legal medical marijuana distribution system forces a half million or more patients to turn to illegal and criminal sources for their supplies or drive hundreds of miles to cities that allow medical marijuana collectives, and such statewide framework is needed to enable reasonable access, at affordable rates, to a uniform legalized medical marijuana distribution program, one available to all patients in all areas of California, rural as well as urban, and

WHEREAS the California Supreme Court concluded their decision on banning collectives by noting that "nothing prevents future efforts by the Legislature, or by the People, to adopt a different approach."

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party strongly urges our state legislators to enact legislation that will establish parameters to guide all California cities and counties in the exercise of their regulatory powers with respect to licensing, nuisance abatement and zoning regulation regarding facilities for the distribution of medical marijuana.  Such statewide framework is needed to enable reasonable access, at affordable rates, to a uniform legalized medical marijuana distribution program, one available to all patients in all areas of California, rural as well as urban.

 

[Amended with the consent of the author]
Authored by Lanny Swerdlow, Assembly District 42, John Kopp, DSCC Member & County Committee Vice Chair, Assembly District 60, Howard Katz, County Committee Chair, Assembly District 71.
Supported by the Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Rivereside County, Riverside County DCC

 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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