In 2017, some herbal medicine providers were allowed to sell their products to patients.
But this year, some of those practitioners are in the process of losing their licenses to sell them.
They’ve started a petition to let the state recognize their work.
The California Board of Pharmacy, which regulates the state’s herbal medicine industry, says the state can only license a doctor or practitioner to prescribe herbal medicine to people who are not already licensed to do so.
The board also says it has no authority to approve any new herbal medicine products.
But the board said the state has the power to make sure all herbal medicine practitioners are licensed and qualified, including those who are now in the midst of a medical crisis.
The petition comes as many of the state-licensed practitioners are struggling with a shortage of supplies.
It also comes as a new report finds that a recent spike in birth defects in California was a direct result of the proliferation of herbal medicine.