In light of an Associated Press report that California has many times the population of states like Colorado, and many times less the number of registered medical marijuana patients, it seems the state is looking to start getting people down on paper. This potential model would be similar to Colorado's, though more casual in execution.
Now, with California's medical-marijuana industry laboring under a renewed federal crackdown that has forced many storefront dispensaries to close, a Democratic state lawmaker has introduced legislation that, if passed, would give authorities a much clearer count of the drug's bona fide consumer base.
The bill would require anyone who wants to claim a legal right to use marijuana for health reasons to apply for a county-issued identification card. Marijuana patients also would have to say whether they plan to grow their own pot or to purchase it from a patient collective, and name the collective.