Scott Wiener’s Legislation to Stop Cities from Banning Medicinal Cannabis Passes Senate

Scott Wiener’s Legislation to Stop Cities from Banning Medicinal Cannabis Passes Senate
CANNANNEW REPORT

May 25, 2022 – SACRAMENTO – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s Senate Bill 1186, which restores voter-created access to medicinal cannabis across the state by requiring cities to provide patients access to purchase medicinal cannabis by delivery, passed the Senate with a unanimous bipartisan vote. It now heads to the Assembly for policy hearings. 20210SB1186_96 Cannabis is an important and life-saving medicine for many people, including those who have cancer, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, arthritis, neurodegenerative disorders, and numerous other illnesses. Everyone deserves access to the medicine, including medicinal cannabis. SB 1186 restores this access for all Californians. “Right now, 62% of California cities ban people from purchasing legal medicinal cannabis,” said Senator Wiener, “This fuels the illicit cannabis market and makes it difficult – if not impossible – for people to access the medicine they need. We need to ensure everyone can access medicinal cannabis if they need it; SB 1186 will restore this access across the state.” The California Cannabis Industry Association is sponsoring SB 1186, and California NORML is supporting the legislation. Under current California law — which arguably allows cities to ban any and all cannabis sales — 62% of cities have banned all cannabis sales, including medical cannabis sales. As a result, residents of those cities, including people living with HIV, cancer, arthritis, insomnia, and other conditions, frequently have no option other than to buy on the illicit market. California’s thriving and growing illicit cannabis market both undermines the legal, regulated market and risks people obtaining contaminated cannabis. To address this significant medical access problem, SB 1186 requires cities to allow medical cannabis access. Cities must – as a minimum – authorize medical cannabis delivery. To be clear, SB 1186 does not in any way change cities’ ability to limit or ban sales of adult use of cannabis.…

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