Sunday, April 24, 2005

Medical Marijuana

There are 43 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of San Francisco and they operate without any regulation according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Nor does the city regulate doctors and suppliers who make up the other parts of the city's medical marijuana infrastructure that has burgeoned since passage of Proposition 215, the 1996 California law that sanctions the use of the drug for qualified patients. Doctors say they are writing a great number of recommendations for a wide range of maladies.
Is it just me? I thought that medical marijuana was legal. Have I been living in California too long?
The federal government bans the sale, possession and use of marijuana for any purpose. The Drug Enforcement Administration has taken some action against clubs, but agents have not done a full-scale assault on clubs in the city.
So medical marijuana is illegal. Would anyone care to explain to me why the state of California sanctions something that is against federal law?

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