Good and Bad News for California Patients

First, the good news: California attorney general candidate Steve Cooley conceded the election to his opponent, Kamala Harris. While Harris may not be the most outspoken supporter of Prop 215 or medical marijuana patients, she is sure to be a better option. Cooley’s history of antagonism toward the medical marijuana field and complicity with federal law enforcement as district attorney of Los Angeles would have meant trouble for the state’s more than 350K registered patients. Disaster averted!

Unfortunately, the marijuana-hostile legal and civic environment that Cooley helped create in Southern California resulted in Los Angeles and Orange County supervisors voting to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in all unincorporated areas. Rather than use the tools at their disposal to deal with illegal dispensaries, the supervisors elected to effectively deny patients in those areas access to their medicine unless they feel like a nice long drive (assuming they are able to travel, or even get out of bed).

L.A. County patients can take one small comfort, though. It appears that higher politics has left Cooley feeling a little burned out, judging from a statement he released suggesting that this is his last term in office:

“I will complete my third term and finish my career as a professional prosecutor in the office where it began over 37 years ago,” he said.

Good riddance.

21 thoughts on “Good and Bad News for California Patients”

  1. i don’t smoke Medical Marijuana but i do support it. i say if there is anything out there that is natural and non addictive and can help those overcome adversity of pain and suffering then i say “Support it” why ban something that is harmless and not ban something that could tear a person up constantly. there is no excuse big enough in the Universe to ban or outlaw Medical Marijuana. personally if there are ppl out there trying to heal themselves naturally than rather they constantly go for the addictive sh*t that could damage them later on in life than i say stop making it hard for them to get the help they need and let them heal. bust the zeros not the heros.

  2. It is difficult to be thanks giving when there are people who must go without medicine that would relieve their suffering, in order for others to fight an imaginary war against a non-existent enemy.

    There is plenty of authentic human tragedy – must we manufacture more? I am weeping … my heart breaks …

  3. Cooley got what he deverved. A bigger threat is Michele Leonart aka Lions-heart “The Huntress.” Sounds like more of that D.C. childs play [secret passwords, decoder rings, and such]. As far as a ban on dispensaries – we’ve been through this junk. Dispensaries can operate, and they can operate unobstructed. Frankly, I don’t know why they waste their time and money on that thing they call defeat.

  4. There’s no bad news in this article at all I’m glad dispensaries are getting shut down that’s what all you stoner’s against prop 19 deserve it’s just a shame that some real sick people will have to return to the gray market

  5. re; voting to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in all unincorporated areas.

    now all they need to do put a 1000 foot limit for schools, parks, school bus stops, etc., for a total ban.

    unincorporated areas were the only place where you can be far away enough, in many counties.

  6. Prohibition is a mess politically. The majority of republicans are to influenced by the jesus freaks and corporate interests to do anything useful and the democrats are to afraid to go forward with anything that isn’t universally popular and even then they will cave to the same interests that control the republican party. The only silver lining i see is that the majority of dems in polling support legalization and with luck in 2016 the democratic support will have incrased even more and it will become a political plus for presidential candidates to support legalization in order to get out of the primary and win the general (if independent support keeps trending up as well).

  7. Montel Williams will be in Springfield Illinois today to lobby for medical cannabis. They need 60 votes. They have somewhere between 58 and 65 . It’s going to happen today!!! Keep your fingers crossed. Go Montel.

  8. Illinois
    At least one reason why the bill failed to pass was the dishonest opposition of several members of the law enforcement community. Lawmakers were subjected to repeated claims that the state would receive thousands of medical marijuana applications every day, or that anyone would be able to get a recommendation by claiming “headaches,” “back pain,” or other relatively mild ailments. One officer even claimed that veterinarians would be able to recommend marijuana – a claim so objectively false it would be funny if sick people weren’t going to jail as a result.

  9. Illinois has Mark Kirk, they guy that wants pot smokers to get the death penalty. Does that give you a clue?

  10. MPP. You guys are slow. Just south of El Paso texas, an average of nine people are killed every day. I get so mad at our gov’t because they know that legalization in America would stop the killings instantly! It is our purchase of mexico’s drugs. It is not mexicans getting rich from mexicans. And you MPP do not get the big picture. It has been several days since you updated anything on this site. People die each and every day because of greedy assholes on both sides of the border. Why don’t you at MPP change your attitude from just baby steps to real activism? STOP THE KILLINGS, LEGALIZE! This is a good place to start. Put this on shirts. Sell them and use the funds for our cause. not your pockets.

  11. CNBC PRESENTS “MARIJUANA USA”

    CNBC ORIGINAL TAKES VIEWERS BACK INSIDE THE $100 BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS OF MARIJUANA

    One-Hour Documentary Reported by CNBC’s Trish Regan to Premiere on CNBC on Wednesday, December 8th at 9PM ET/PT

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/40150468

    On Wednesday, December 8th at 9PM ET/PT, CNBC presents “Marijuana USA,” a CNBC Original reported by Trish Regan, that takes viewers back inside the flourishing pot industry—as the world’s most commonly used illicit drug comes out of the shadows and into mainstream. As more states pass laws permitting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the once vilified weed is being met with a newfound acceptance. Some hope—and others fear—the whole country may soon be going to pot.

    Correspondent Trish Regan reports from Colorado, where a new and thriving marijuana industry is infusing much-needed capital and jobs into a weak economy. In Colorado, this fast growing business is attracting a new generation of marijuana entrepreneurs—savvy, young professionals emerging from the unlikely fields of finance, biotechnology, government and medicine—who are re-branding pot as a natural herbal remedy and selling it openly in dispensaries all over town. The state now has more pot dispensaries than it does Starbucks, and authorities not only sanction the drug, but also regulate, license, and tax it, like any other product.

    But, even as fifteen states and the District of Columbia allow for medical marijuana, the drug remains in clear violation of federal laws. Federal law enforcement officers and anti-drug officials vow they will not surrender. CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, travels to the frontlines of America’s weed wars—from the fierce political campaign to legalize the drug in California to the ambitious air and ground campaign to search for marijuana plots deep in the mountainous terrain of eastern Kentucky. CNBC’s Regan speaks with Lieutenant Brent Roper, the commander of Kentucky’s marijuana strike force, who swears that Kentucky will be the last state to ever legalize marijuana as just another taxable commodity.

    Regan also takes viewers to Portugal—the first country in the world to fully decriminalize the possession of all drugs. She speaks with Joao Goulao, Portugal’s drug czar and the chief architect of this strategy, about the country’s unique and radical drug policy.

    Looking further into the business of marijuana, CNBC takes viewers inside a busy medical clinic near Denver, CO, where marijuana is almost always the doctor’s order. Dr. James Boland, a physician of twenty-five years, works for a clinic that has brought in more than a million dollars in just its first year of business, attracting patients in search of a medical marijuana license. But, although it’s a profitable business, the jury is still out among researchers and doctors as to whether marijuana really is an effective treatment option.

  12. I am suffering from depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, degenerated disc disease, bladder problems burning 24/7, kidney problems, sleep apnea and insomnia, i have severe pain 24/7 and constant suicidal thoughts. I was recommended by a physician to try the MM yesterday 12-3-10, my god new what he was doing when created marijuana, it help me so much, i wish i was using it long time ago, thank god. My pain and all my problems improve 80%, thank god again and for giving the folks wisdom to pass such law. my husband, my kids and myself we now have a future togather.

  13. I was so sure that i was not and did not want to live anymore with such pain and suffering, it was just a matter of when and where i would take my own life, it was so terrible nothing was fun and i do mean nothing, my life was just over. I am taking so much medicines right now, the meds for burning i stop, the meds for sleeping i stop, and the meds for pain i stop and i just start using mm 3 or 4 days ago, so much more relief to come, i am hoping to get rid of all meds, that is my gold. by the way i am 52 yrs old and thought i would never smoke dope at this age but it is some good stuff and it is all natural……..god grown weed. best of all there is a marijuana that make me dont eat as much, cause you know with diabetes i must watch my weight and my eating habits. thank god i think i will be ok now.

  14. vote the unenlightened out of control and be free from all of it, its so simple, learn to co operate within the folks who want it, really help at this juncture it is needed. get free of the opposition thru votes
    its all good

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