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Medical marijuana bill limits who can prescribe pot

SACRAMENTO – Law enforcement groups and municipalities have switched tactics in the debate over regulating medical marijuana in California, and are pushing a bill that protects local bans and limits who can recommend the drug.

The legislation would require patients to go through their primary-care doctors – or someone their primary doctor refers them to – to get documents to purchase medical marijuana.

The provision has raised concerns from patients’ advocates that it would make it too difficult for some to access treatment. It’s among a number of changes sought by the California Police Chiefs Association and the League of California Cities.

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