Advocates worry that local bans on the commercial cannabis industry will make it much more difficult for some patients to access medical marijuana.

With California on the verge of creating a cannabis market worth an estimated $7 billion by 2025, medical marijuana advocates are sounding the alarm that legalization is having the unintended consequence of cutting off scores of patients from their medicine.

California’s Proposition 64, which legalized adult use and sales of recreational cannabis starting Jan. 1, also gave counties and municipalities the right to restrict where marijuana businesses can be located and to completely ban sales in their jurisdictions.

The initiative approved by voters in November 2016 brought upheaval to the medical marijuana industry, which was established under nearly two decades of little state oversight.

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Bruce Kennedy ~ TheCannabist.co

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