The dirty little secret here in California is that medical marijuana dispensaries are making a ton of money in profits. Their customers for the most part do not have legitimate doctor’s prescriptions. The huge support groups backing medical marijuana just are not telling the truth. If you pardon the expression, they are just “blowing smoke” trying to convince the public that marijuana is all about the easing of chronic conditions.
In today’s system, it is too easy for anyone to get a prescription for medicinal marijuana. The local dispensaries have a racket with local pot-friendly doctors who write prescriptions for the most questionable reasons. A pain that cannot be pinpointed, the onset of arthritis, or an undiagnosed cancer. All for a cash fee, no paper trail to hold them accountable or insurance to dispute. Therefore, any Tom, Dick, or Harry can go in to a dispensary, say they have pain somewhere, get a referral to a doctor nearby, get their prescription, pay their cash fee and walk out with their pot.
Marijuana is still illegal according to the federal government. However, in California it can be used for compassionate use, a mandate voted on and passed by a slight majority ten years ago. That statue was not to legalize marijuana; it was mandated so that it could be used as a legitimate option for those patients whose legal drugs were ineffective. That statue was not a vote to open the markets up to profiteers looking to sell pot without being arrested.
If California had wanted to legalize pot, we would have. There have been opportunities galore in the last 40 years where pro-marijuana groups have been lobbying. However, the people of California have rejected that legalization vote repeatedly.
No one voted to make marijuana a legitimate industry here in California. Vague language in a badly written statue that should not have been passed in the first place. Medical marijuana dispensaries have become a huge loophole in which illegal users have used to legitimize their marijuana habit.