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How do medical marijuana advocates feel about Prop 19?




Staarla Heaney smokes a marijuana cigarette in front of the California state flag at the San Francisco Patients Cooperative, a medical cannabis cooperative, July 25, 2002 in San Francisco, California. A San Francisco city supervisor has drafted a proposal allowing voters in San Francisco to decide whether the city should consider getting into the marijuana growing business. Supervisor Mark Leno said he drafted the proposal because the Drug Enforcement Administration remains determined to close down clubs that distribute medical marijuana in San Francisco and other parts of California.
Staarla Heaney smokes a marijuana cigarette in front of the California state flag at the San Francisco Patients Cooperative, a medical cannabis cooperative, July 25, 2002 in San Francisco, California. A San Francisco city supervisor has drafted a proposal allowing voters in San Francisco to decide whether the city should consider getting into the marijuana growing business. Supervisor Mark Leno said he drafted the proposal because the Drug Enforcement Administration remains determined to close down clubs that distribute medical marijuana in San Francisco and other parts of California.
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Folks who grow and use medical marijuana should be all in favor of legalization, right? Not so fast. Some people who legally grow marijuana under compassionate use provisions of California law are concerned that if Prop 19 passes in November, collectives will no longer be able to cultivate large plots of land and patients will suffer. How would broad-based legalization of marijuana impact medical growers and users? Who’s for Prop 19 and who opposes it?