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Legalizing Weed: 5 Quotes From Lawmakers After Pot Became Legal in California

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 03:01 PM

California was the first state in the country to make medical marijuana legal with Prop 215 in 1996. Under the California Compassionate Care Act, patients and caregivers can possess and cultivate weed for their own personal medical use in conjunction with physician guidance.

Here’s what lawmakers had to say after medical marijuana became legal in California:

1. California’s medical marijuana law left many legal loopholes wide open and lawmakers have made several attempts to pass regulatory bills for medical marijuana.

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“We keep having Groundhog Day. We keep running these bills and we never get closure on them,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, according to The Sacramento Bee. “I am depending on the cities and the police chiefs to be pursuing a community set of rules they feel works from a law enforcement and a community quality of life perspective.”

2. “I am optimistic that we can continue to work with all parties to finally create regulation that will satisfy all needs," said Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, reported The Huffington Post. "From federal law enforcement down to the very sick patients who depend on the health benefits, only marijuana can provide."

Ammiano was the author of the 2014 measure AB1894, which was an attempt to create uniform rules regarding medical marijuana.

3. In 2015, more than 10 years after medical marijuana was legalized, the Legislature continues to work on regulation.

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Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla told the LA Times, “It's about time that we did something up here in the state Capitol.” She called the upcoming legislative process “a very massive undertaking.”

4. Sen. Diane Feinstein wasn’t impressed with the language of the bill. Shortly after its 1996 passage she said in a report in the LA Times, “Proposition 215 is so poorly written that you'll be able to drive a truckload of marijuana through the holes in it. While its seems simple, the devil is in the details or, in this particular bill, the lack of details."

5. As California continues to look at legalizing pot altogether, politicians have found themselves at odds with members of their own party. In particular, California’s Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome sides with the majority of the state’s population and believes measures to legalize pot should be considered, despite the fact his boss is against it, reported The Huffington Post.

"With respect to Gov. Brown, who I admire greatly and am looking forward to serving with him for another four years as our governor of California, I think he’s wrong on this," Newsom added. "I think it’s wrong to use language like 'potheads' or 'stoners' or 'hippies'. I think this is a serious issue and it requires a serious debate. It’s impacting too many people and too many lives and it’s costing the tax payers a fortune."

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