Tony Bowles 
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Re: “California Medi-Pot Regs Lose Major Support

I fear DPA and other orgs such as CCIA will only be happy with legalization that will actually dismantle our current medical programs around state in places like SF and Oakland, and replace with Washington State law that will close dispensaries and open recreational pot shops; because that's what we're heading for if we don't pass medical cannabis legislation this year.

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Posted by Tony Bowles on 06/24/2014 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Oakland's Grow House Hazards

Oakland City Council's decision to permit four industrial-size pot farms would create a monopoly on the cultivation of medical cannabis would have devastating effects on the patient population of Oakland. The proposed ordinance jeopardized the reliable, diverse, and affordable access that Oakland patients now have.

The current system allows patient members to bring their excess medicine to dispensaries and allows them to be reimbursed for their labor. This system creates a place for patients to bring their excess medicine, as well as subsidizes the cost of their medicine.

The federal government is mostly interested in individuals cultivating more than 100 plants, in order to invoke mandatory minimum sentencing. As such, the burden of cultivation should never be placed solely on a few large-scale growers. It is much more prudent to decentralize as much of the cultivation as possible, while still offering patients’ access through a centralized distribution system.

This ordinance will increase the cost of medicine for patients. It will shut down successful and effective patient collectives now providing high quality medicine.

Large scale cultivation centers will by necessity produce fewer strains of medical cannabis. Patient member cultivation allows knowledgeable patients to select cannabis strains that meet their needs, which keeps a diversity of strains in the dispensary system.

Without variety in supply, the reliable, affordable, and consistent access that patients in Oakland now enjoy could be jeopardized by agricultural threats (e.g. molds, mildews, and insect infestations), federal interference, or bad management.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) supports the creation of cultivation licensing at the city level, requiring dispensaries to rely exclusively on four facilities to produce its medicine is not only unrealistic but has several negative effects on the patient community.

Posted by Tony Bowles on 03/12/2011 at 6:53 PM

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