Protecting Patients Cooperatives and Collectives
Over the past few years, safe and legal access to medical cannabis by way of centrally located dispensing collectives has improved greatly. Today, there are well over 200 dispensing collectives (dispensaries) throughout California. This is due at least in part to organizations like Americans for Safe Access (ASA) fighting for patients' rights.
Since Oakland established the first ordinance condoning and regulating dispensaries in early 2004, more than thirty other cities and counties have followed suit. ASA applauds these localities for recognizing their responsibility to facilitate safe and affordable distribution of medical cannabis. In September of 2006, ASA released a report showing the benefits of local dispensary ordinances.
However, not all localities understand their obligations under state law or are unwilling to address them. For a list of ordinances, moratoria, and bans in California cities and counties, see our list of Local California Dispensary Regulations.