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Medical Marijuana - dispensaries

Medical Marijuana - dispensaries

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Americans For Safe Access
AN ORGANIZATION OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS,SCIENTISTS,AND PATIENTS HELPING PATIENTS
MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSINGCOLLECTIVES AND LOCAL REGULATION
Headquarters
1322 Webster Street,Suite 402,Oakland,California,94612
PHONE:
510.251.1856
FAX:
510.251.2036
National Office
1906 Sunderland Place,NW,Washington DC 20036
PHONE:
202.857.4272
FAX:
202.857.4273
WEB:
www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org
TOLL FREE:
1.888.929.4367
 
For more information, see www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org or contact the ASA office at 1-888-929-4367 or 510-251-1856.
2006
MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSING COLLECTIVESAND LOCAL REGULATION
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Introduction....................................................................................................................1
OVERVIEW
About this Report...........................................................................................................3About Americans for Safe Access..................................................................................3The National Political Landscape...................................................................................3History of Medical Cannabis in California....................................................................4What is a Medical Cannabis Dispensing Collective......................................................4Rationale for Medical Cannabis Dispensing Collectives..............................................5Medical Cannabis Dispensing Collectives are Legal Under State Law........................5Why Patients Need Convenient Dispensaries...............................................................6What Communities are Doing to Help Patients...........................................................6
IMPACT OF DISPENSARIES AND REGULATIONS ON COMMUNITIES
Dispensaries Reduce Crime and Improve Public Safety...............................................7Why Diversion of Medical Cannabis is Typically Not a Problem.................................8Dispensaries Can Be Good Neighbors...........................................................................8
BENEFITS OF DISPENSARIES TO THE PATIENT COMMUNITY
Dispensaries Provide Many Benefits to the Sick and Suffering................................10Research Supports the Dispensary Model...................................................................11Many Dispensaries Provide Key Social Services..........................................................11Conclusion.....................................................................................................................13
APPENDIX A
Recommendations on Dispensary Regulations...........................................................14
APPENDIX B
Ordinance Evaluation Survey Questions.....................................................................18
APPENDIX C
Survey Answer and Data Analyses..............................................................................19
APPENDIX D
Maps of Ordinances.....................................................................................................20
 
For more information, see www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org or contact the ASA office at 1-888-929-4367 or 510-251-1856.
Americans For Safe Access
AN ORGANIZATION OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS,SCIENTISTS AND PATIENTS HELPING PATIENTS
California's original medical cannabis law,the Compassionate Use Act (Prop. 215),directs local officials to implement ways forqualified patients to access their medicine.With the passage of state legislation (SB 420)in 2003, and the 2005 court ruling in
Peoplev. Urziceanu
, medical cannabis dispensingcollectives (or dispensaries) are nowrecognized as legal entities. Since most ofthe more than 150,000 cannabis patients inCalifornia (NORML 2005 estimate) rely ondispensaries for their medicine, communitiesacross the state are facing requests forbusiness licenses or zoning decisions relatedto the operation of dispensaries.Americans for Safe Access, the leadingnational organization representing theinterests of medical cannabis patients andtheir doctors, has undertaken a study of theexperience of those communities that havedispensary ordinances. The report thatfollows details those experiences, as relatedby local officials; it also covers some of thepolitical background and current legal statusof dispensaries, outlines important issues toconsider in drafting dispensary regulations,and summarizes a recent study by aUniversity of California, Berkeley researcheron the community benefits of dispensaries.In short, this report describes why:Regulated dispensaries benefit thecommunity by:providing access for the most seriously illand injuredoffering a safer environment for patientsthan having to buy on the illicit marketimproving the health of patients throughsocial supporthelping patients with other socialservices, such as food and housinghaving a greater than average customersatisfaction rating for health careCreating dispensary regulations combatscrime because:dispensary security reduces crime in thevicinitystreet sales tend to decreasepatients and operators are vigilantany criminal activity gets reported topoliceRegulated dispensaries are:legal under California state lawhelping revitalize neighborhoodsbringing new customers to neighboringbusinessesnot a source of community complaintsThis report concludes with a sectionoutlining the important elements for localofficials to consider as they move forwardwith regulations for dispensaries. ASA hasworked successfully with officials in KernCounty, Los Angeles, San Francisco andelsewhere to craft ordinances that meet thestate's legal requirements, as well as theneeds of patients and the larger community.Please contact ASA if you have questions:888-929-4367.
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