MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Oakland City Council Considers ‘Permissive’ Policy
Under a policy being considered by the Oakland City Council, terminally ill patients "would be able to keep a 1-pound supply of cannabis on hand," the Alameda Times-Star reports. A task force of "police, city legal staff, physicians, patients and Oakland Cannabis Buyers Club members" proposed the policy, and the city's public safety committee approved it Tuesday. The proposal now goes to the full City Council and, if approved in two weeks, will become the "most detailed -- and permissive" policy in the state. Under the proposed guidelines, terminally ill patients in Oakland would be permitted to keep a three-month supply of marijuana, which the group estimated amounts to "30 outdoor flowering plants, 48 indoor flowering plants or 1 pound of bulk marijuana." Medical marijuana users would have to prove their medical condition to police, who would be directed "not to target individuals -- or confiscate [the] marijuana" of those who meet the criteria. The proposed Oakland policy vastly exceeds state Attorney General Dan Lungren's proposed guidelines, which set a one-ounce maximum for marijuana on hand (Kirkwood, 6/24).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.