You would think that Prop. 19, the November ballot initiative that would fully legalize marijuana possession, would find some of its most ardent backers among the medical-pot trade, which relies on people coming to dispensaries and possessing weed, sometimes at their own peril when it comes to law enforcement.
But the medical pot-shop industry isn't always so gung-ho about the law that would let people 21-and-older legally have an ounce of pot, doctor's recommendation or not. Maybe because it would cut into the closed network the medical cannabis industry has created — one where doctors and trusted retailers are needed. It would open up the game, and some some pot-shop owners are concerned. Writes the Sacramento Bee:
California's landmark initiative to legalize marijuana use for adults over 21 and permit local governments to tax retail pot sales is backed – and bankrolled – by leaders in California's medical cannabis movement.
And yet some of its more stubborn opposition comes from a vocal segment of the same community who worry their dispensary operations may be negatively affected.
Not only would Prop. 19 allow cities and counties to ban pot retailers, it would allow buyers to forgo the usual trek to the doctor and then to a legit pot shop. If you don't need a doctor's note, why would you need a legit retailer to buy weed?
“They can't even get medical marijuana right,” Yamileth Bolanos of L.A.'s Purelife Alternative Wellness Center tells the Bee. “How are they going to open up these places for recreational use? Is it just going to be bedlam?”