- Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2011
- Written by THCbiz Staff
SAN FRANCISCO — Medical marijuana advocates want to create a statewide system for licensing, regulating and taxing the industry as a way of persuading federal officials to ease up on their crackdown of California's dispensaries and growers, reports Associated Press.
After months of study, a coalition of medical marijuana activists that represents dispensary workers has proposed a 2012 ballot initiative that would create an appointed Board of Medical Marijuana Enforcement.
The board would be staffed by the Department of Consumer Affairs and charged with overseeing businesses and nonprofits that grow, distribute, sell and test cannabis.
The initiative also would target local governments that have banned marijuana businesses outright by requiring counties and cities to authorize at least one dispensary for every 50,000 residents.
In October, the state's four U.S. attorneys announced a coordinated action to target marijuana drug-trafficking enterprises that operate commercial grow operations, intricate distribution systems and hundreds of marijuana dispensaries across the state.