SANTA CRUZ: Medical Marijuana Users Ask ‘Who’s in Charge?’
With the final adoption of Santa Cruz's law permitting the use of medical marijuana expected next month, city officials are still debating who will oversee users. "It's a big question that I think everybody needs to look at. The ordinance spells out what people have to do, but who confirms that in fact the organizations comply with the ordinance?" Deputy Police Chief Jeff Locke said. City Attorney John Barisone said he has been discussing a possible registration system with the police that will likely be proposed to the city council in next few weeks. But Locke said that the department would prefer the city give the assignment of marijuana monitoring to another department because of "staffing levels and other priorities." The measure allowing cannabis use unanimously passed the city council in March and is expected to go into effect May 11 (Woolfolk, San Jose Mercury News, 4/7).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.