It’s not illegal for Plumas patients to use unlicensed dispensaries

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We recently spoke with the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) about patient access to medicine. Here’s what we learned:

Unlicensed dispensaries

It is NOT illegal for Plumas patients to have their medicine delivered from unlicensed dispensaries in Truckee or Chester—or from any other nearby source. It’s simply a patient choice and an acceptance that the state has not certified the products.

So what? Didn’t Plumas “caregivers” donate cannabis to patients for decades since 1996. No testing was required—or needed—then. Why the sudden concern for state certification?

Do we accept fresh eggs from a neighbor who raises chickens? How about honey from a neighbor who’s a beekeeper? Do either need regulation to taste just as good or to be safe?

The truth is that the vast majority of California cannabis cultivators are NOT licensed and likely won’t be for months or years—or ever. In light of this, ask yourself this question:

Why are Measure B authors and backers suddenly so concerned with legality?

Answer: They’re not. Many prove this daily by continuing to break the county’s moratorium. They don’t care about legality. They care about votes.

They’re using patients and our sense of compassion to make us think we need commercial cannabis and Measure B. We don’t—and patients on our supporter list know it.

Why does it matter?

Because right now, under our moratorium, and without a cannabis ordinance in place, any Plumas patient can have medicine delivered right to his or her door affordably. In doing so, a patient isn’t breaking any laws and will not be hassled by the BCC or any other state agency.

Right now, every Plumas patient has access to CBD oils and gummies, pastes, sativa and indica—virtually any product he or she needs—PLUS delivery without driving anywhere.

Right now, any adult Plumas resident can grow up to six plants and share an ounce of bud as many times as he or she wishes. There’s no shortage of medicine in Plumas.

No need for B.

Here’s the truth Measure B backers don’t want you to know:

Plumas patients are having zero trouble getting their medicine and DO NOT need Measure B, which is why many are voting against it.

Patients don’t need Measure B and neither does Plumas. It’s a bad deal. Measure B backers: Stop hiding behind patients to get your mess of a measure passed.

Fellow voters: Don’t be blinded by the patient access smokescreen. VOTE NO on B, and send our supervisors this message: Get to work on safe and reasonable cannabis ordinance.

3 comments on “It’s not illegal for Plumas patients to use unlicensed dispensaries

  1. Taurin Wilson says:

    It is not illegal for Plumas patients to have their medicine delivered from unlicensed dispensaries, but it is illegal for them to sell cannabis to you and it’s illegal for the delivery person to deliver it to you.

    Supporting an unlicensed dispensary is supporting illegal cannabis sales. I do not approve of supporting illegal unregulated cannabis sales. I don’t feel it is in Plumas County resident’s best interest to support the black market.

    1. Patrick Luscri says:

      I think our only disagreement may be whether to consider an unlicensed dispensary “the black market.” If one chooses to do so, then logically one must also consider medical growers who from 1996 to 2016 did NOT fulfill the legal obligations or meet the legal definition for their roles as “caregivers.” Yet many Measure B proponents consider non-caregiver growers’ medical operations as a “gray area.”

      If unlicensed dispensaries are part of the black market, so are the vast majority of reputable unlicensed cannabis growers in California. As you say, the state doesn’t place the onus of legality on patients. Just as it doesn’t consider it an illegal act on the part of a patient to see an unlicensed medical provider.

      To state facts about the non-illegal choices of Plumas patients to safely and affordably access their medicine from unlicensed sources is neither condoning nor supporting the black market. And neither is telling voters in a Voter’s Guide about a supporter who gets his medicine delivered.

      Measure B backers seized on this, twisted it, and slandered our argument’s signers. This post simply sets the record straight while offering the reality that Plumas patients do in fact have access to their medicine and do not need the problematic and unworkable Measure B. This is one of the reasons why many of them are voting against it.

      It’s time Measure B backers stop trying to use patients and scare tactics to get their commercial cannabis ordinance passed.

  2. Taurin Wilson says:

    “To state facts about the non-illegal choices of Plumas patients to safely and affordably access their medicine from unlicensed sources is neither condoning nor supporting the black market. And neither is telling voters in a Voter’s Guide about a supporter who gets his medicine delivered.”

    Paying someone to deliver cannabis illegally supports an illegal act, plain and simple.
    Your supporter who gets cannabis delivered illegally is supporting an illegal act. Do you feel that supporting an illegal act is advisable?

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