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Monday, February 12, 2007

The Choking Death from Regulation

Gee, who didn't see this coming.
The California Department of Health Services sent out the bland letter with the big news in late December. The annual state fee is rising from $13 to $142, in addition to the $33 fee card holders pay to the city. While patients on MediCal will get a price break, veterans and elderly patients who are receiving federal benefits will not, since the federal government still isn't down with California's medical marijuana experiment.
Full disclosure: I have to admit that I have my problems with medicinal marijuana, both as policy and a political tactic used by the reform groups. Call me naive, but I don't think the answer to our problems is to allow governments to manage the drug supply; determining who gets the drugs and of what quality and quantity those drugs are. If they maintain full regulatory powers then it's silly to think they won't use those powers to restrict the market. However, change is change and with drug policy you take what you get. I just refuse to get too upset when I see stories like this.

Via Hit&Run

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