We Still Have Some Unfinished Work To Do, Duncan Noted.

“The Strain” marijuana dispensary in Chatsworth shows its products. California does a good job of letting medical marijuana patients get their treatment of choice, but some elements of the state’s marijuana laws still fail to protect people with legitimate ailments, according to a report released Thursday. But the report also states California has a ways to go when it comes to protecting civil rights for medical marijuana patients and improving consumer safety. We still have some unfinished work to do, Duncan noted. No state has ever earned an A in the three years that Americans for Safe Access has issued its annual report, according to Steph Sherer, the groups founder and executive director. But overall, she said access in the United States is the best its ever been, with five more states legalizing medical marijuana and many more taking steps to boost access in 2016. What was really exciting was that 23 states took our recommendations from last year and improved their laws, Sherer said. That included California, which was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Though the state didnt pass any new medical marijuana legislation in 2016, Americans for Safe Access and others lobbied to get new protections for patients included in Proposition 64, the recreational marijuana measure approved by voters in November. That included a stipulation that Child Protective Services can no longer restrict parental rights based solely on the fact that someone is a medical marijuana patient. Those protections helped California earn a 10-point improvement in the organizations annual ranking, giving it that B+ score along with Michigan and Illinois. Americans for Safe Access always gives states the benefit of the doubt that when they pass new legislation they will actually implement those policies, Sherer said.

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