State Lawmakers Pass Comprehensive Bills to Regulate Medical Marijuana

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Just before midnight Friday, California lawmakers passed three bills to create licensing and operating rules for the state's medical marijuana industry. The legislation, which awaits the governor's signature, is the state's first attempt to regulate the cultivation, transport, sale and use of medical marijuana since voters legalized it in 1996. What would change for the industry, and what would the legislation mean for efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in the state?


Rob Bonta, California assemblymember, 18th District and lead author of AB266, one of three bills regulating medical marijuana

W. David Ball, associate professor in the Santa Clara University Law School where he teaches a class called "The Drug Policy Practicum" and chair of the Public Safety Working Group of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy