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Medical Marijuana Advocates Win Reprieve

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The board decided to wait until it and staff are better educated on the issues before making a decision.

Had the urgency ordinance been approved, outdoor "grows" would have been made illegal immediately, Dispensaries would have been legalized.   

Among the 14 restrictions on them  would be a prohibition of marijuana-laced foods.  Patrick Rainwater was one of about seventy people who spoke against the ordinance.  He says cannabis is helping him as he cares for his ex-wife, Rhena, who is suffering from cancer and arthritis of the spine.

RAINWATER: "Any medicine that worked at all is extremely addictive and then she built up a tolerance to it.  Or the side effects were so bad she couldn't take it at all."

Rhena stood next to him, leaning on a walker.  The board asked staff to present two ordinances on July 26th and to be better informed about food preparation, zoning, and possible conflicts with federal law.

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