Well, here’s a fun little story that will have every reefer mad medical marijuana-hating prohibitionist saying, “See, we told you so!”
LOS ANGELES (CBS) ? Los Angeles is about to implement some of the toughest restrictions in the state on medical marijuana dispensaries. But in an exclusive CBS 2 News hidden-camera investigation, we went undercover into medical clinics and found that recommendations for medical marijuana are being sold without ever seeing a doctor.
We found a man, who answers to the name of Dr. Scott, when he provides patients with what amounts to a prescription for medical marijuana. We don’t know if he was smoking some of his own medicine or tobacco, when we caught him smoking a pipe in his car outside the clinic. But we do know he is not a doctor.
David Goldstein: “How do you do that? Only a doctor can give out recommendations?”
Dr. Scott: “I don’t have to talk to you, dude.”
Undercover producer: “I’m confused. Is this a doctor’s office?”
“Yes it is.”
At another location across town, a place bills itself as a doctor’s office, but when we were there, there was no doctor, just prescriptions for sale and medical marijuana.
We found it over and over — obtaining certificates to buy medical marijuana without ever seeing a doctor.
With one of these cards or certificates, small amounts of pot become legal in California! With one you can buy marijuana at hundreds of dispensaries, like one we found in the L.A. area.
The law says in order to get a certificate, you have to be recommended by a doctor, but that is not what we found.
Now of course I personally don’t think an adult needs anyone’s permission to ingest cannabis, so whether or not Californians are actually seeing doctors to get their recommendation doesn’t bother me. But California has a situation tokers in 49 states envy – you can visit a doctor for a brief exam and pay for a piece of paper that allows you to go into a store to select from various strains of high-grade cannabis – and a greedy few want to jeopardize that by taking a shortcut around the whole “brief exam” portion?