The Northern California county of San Joaquin officially banned the personal cultivation of medical marijuana today. The ban affects all San Joaquin County cities, including Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Galt, Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, South Woodbridge, and Escalon.
On April 7, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ordinance to forbid medical marijuana patients from growing their own medicine, ignoring California MMJ laws and making life much harder for a lot of very sick people. The ordinance goes into effect today.
Neighboring Fresno County has enforced and defended a similar ban from numerous lawsuits over the past year, and the Lodi and Galt city councils have already enacted ordinances banning or severely limiting personal cultivation.
The ordinance was proposed by San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore, who said, “This is not something that has been a quick reaction to an ongoing issue. This is a result of a year’s worth of interaction with the public, county staff, and the board. It’s a well thought-out, well-prepared, and well-planned solution that will benefit law enforcement.”
Yeah, while ignoring California law, which allows patients to grow their own medicine using the techniques and strains best suited to treat their illness.
These bans are harmful to many people who truly need marijuana for their health and medical treatment. While city councils and sheriffs claim that medical marijuana patients are lying and growing their medicine illegally for distribution, they are ignorantly, ineffectively trying to fix a problem that would be solved by all-out legalization, and harming sick people in the process.