Sen. Lou Buzzkiller
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Lou Correa, State Senator, Wants Medical Marijuana Clinics Pushed to Outskirts of Towns

There are two bills on Governor Jerry Brown's desk that "will severely limit safe access to medical cannabis in California," according to advocates, and one was authored by an Orange County legislator.

State Senate Bill 847 by Sen. Lou Correa, the Santa Ana Democrat who has never met an online gambling interest he doesn't like (and carry legislation for), would prohibit medical cannabis cooperatives and collectives from being located within 600 feet of any residential zone or use.

"This will force patients' associations to the outskirts of most cities-if they can find a location at all!" Don Duncan, California director of Americans for Safe Access, tells 420 Times.

Actually, Correa's bill will largely be moot if Gov. Moonbeam signs the other bill, Assembly Bill 1300 from MOA Bob Blumenfield (D-Van Nuys). It would explicitly authorizes cities and counties to ban cooperatives and collectives.

"That means access can be eliminated in some communities altogether," Duncan notes. "That is not what voters intended when they adopted Proposition 215 in 1996, calling on lawmakers, 'to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana.'"

Because both bills passed easily through their respective houses, Duncan says the only hope left for patients, providers and others who support medical cannabis is to pressure the governor directly.


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