Dr. Garcia, who has served as the city's acting health director since August, said the department must still appoint members to the committee that is tasked with vetting medical marijuana regulations and making such recommendations.
"I don't want patients to assume this is a panacea. I also don't want to make the practice of medicine a mandate from the director of health," Dr. Garcia said. "The beauty of medicine of our country is that it is based on science and based on research. I think with medical marijuana we have to balance that act very much."