When Proposition 64 passed last November, many casual users of marijuana were pleased, looking forward to being able to buy cannabis without needing a medical card. However, the downside to the increased availability isn’t just an increase of prices. According to a recent article in the SF Chronicle, medical patients who rely on donated marijuana are left wanting as aid organizations, growers and dispensaries have had to suspend their charity.
The passage of Prop 64 creates new laws which require all marijuana to be tracked from seed to sale but doesn’t clarify whether cost-free donations – known as compassion programs - are allowed.
In order to stay safely within guidelines, programs that helped disabled veterans or the chronically ill such as San Leandro-based Educating Veterans About Cannabis and Harborside dispensary in Oakland have put these services on hold for the indefinite future.
Besides the uncertainty over the changing law, new taxes and stricter guidelines concerning cultivation and transportation are adding to the delays, leaving the chronically ill unable to receive cannabis that they have already integrated into their care routine.
Read the full article to see how the laws are affecting patients in California…