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California To Follow Colorado Example When It Comes To Medical Marijuana Registration

Staff CMM - Friday, April 20, 2012
When it comes to sheer size, California beats out most other states, especially with regard to population. And yet, when it comes to recorded medical marijuana users, California has shown fewer patients than Colorado, Arizona, Hawaii, Michigan and Montana. Up until now, California has not required residents to register as medical marijuana patients. This has made it nearly impossible for law officials to determine when a person is cleared for marijuana use for medical reasons or just purchasing the drug off the street. Keeping this in mind, California is now experiencing a federal crackdown of their own on the medical marijuana industry in general in the state and a Democratic State lawmaker has introduced a legislation which, if passed, will greatly assist authorities in getting a clearer picture of the medical marijuana industry’s consumer base. This bill will require any patient seeking medical marijuana to apply for a county-issued identification card. They will also be required to register with the state. Users will also be required to state whether they plan to grown their own marijuana or purchase it from a 3rd party and if so, they will be required to name the 3rd party. By instituting this law, officials are hoping to make it easier for law enforcement agents to determine whether someone is in possession of marijuana illegally or for medical use.
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