Santa Clara County Policy Denies Access to Cannabis Retailers for Majority of Patients & Consumers
Apr 3, 2020 —
Despite the County’s best intentions to allow residents access and acquisition to medical cannabis, during this trying time for all, the County has reversed course and is essentially rolling back Prop. 64 by only allowing acquisition of medical cannabis at an existing cannabis retailer if the patient has a current medical recommendation from a doctor.
It’s a reversal from a decision a few weeks ago that allowed the shops to stay open for both recreational and medicinal customers — deeming both an “essential service.”
Because the vast majority of medical cannabis patients no longer have a current doctor’s recommendation, the new County policy effectively serves as a de-facto BAN and PROHIBITION on the safe- and socially distanced- acquisition of cannabis from our highly regulated cannabis businesses.
Patients should not be denied safe access during this critical period, and as this was never the County’s intention, we are respectfully requesting that the County’s policy be amended to allow the acquisition of medical cannabis at a cannabis retailer upon presenting a government issued ID or passport, rather than requiring a doctor’s recommendation.
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