California lawmakers passed a range of proposals to regulate the state’s medical marijuana industry. The proposals would also create a regulatory base for a future recreational marijuana industry.
The bills would also set up a state agency to license dispensaries, and would force growers to abide by current laws regulating pesticide, insecticide, and water use.
“This is better than what we have, the status quo, which is the Wild West,” said Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg), one of the deal’s backers.
The bills make it clear for law enforcement that medical marijuana is perfectly legal: licensed producers and consumers “are not unlawful under state law and shall not be an offense subject to arrest, prosecution, or other sanction under state law, or be subject to a civil fine or be a basis for seizure or forfeiture of assets under state law.”
The bills will also make it legal for producers to turn a profit, as well as offer cannabis delivery services.
Alternatively, counties and cities have the right to ban medical marijuana activity in their jurisdictions. Vertically integrated marijuana businesses will also not be allowed under the bill.
For a more extensive list of what’s contained in the bills, see here.
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