I don’t know how I feel about the ‘compromise’ reached in the Senate regarding medical marijuana.
First of all, the methodology is not good lawmaking practice. I’ll admit there’s a problem, sure. But without any sort of evidence provided, they are deciding that they need to drastically reduce the number of card holders statewide. I would like some better evidence than rumors and hunches if they are planning to reduce the number of cardholders by a factor of 14.
Moreover, the idea to ‘squeeze the profits’ out of medical marijuana seems to be a huge slap in the face to those who have tried to legitimize it. Why recognize something as a medicine, only to then say “oh, but you can’t provide it for a profit”? It seems like this would reduce the level of service provided to MM patients, as well as reducing their options.
Finally, the requirement to sell therapeutic marijuana ‘at cost’ seems like it will almost certainly result in many caregivers also selling recreational marijuana. After all, it provides legal cover for the production of seeds and plants (especially if it is enforced as well as the current rule) without providing a legal way to turn those into profit.
The one potential upside – maybe if we can make cannabis production work not-for-profit, maybe next we can try to ‘squeeze the profit’, at least to some extent, from the rest of the drug industry.