SACRAMENTO - AB 1894, a bill for comprehensive regulation of medical marijuana, passed Assembly Public Safety Committee today. The bill by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano includes a regulatory structure for medical cannabis ranging from growing site to retail sales. It also provides for stricter control of medical recommendations.
"This is the way we need to go," Ammiano said. "Cities and patients are tired of the chaos from inadequate regulation. This will give patients safe access and allow for public safety as well."
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan spoke in favor of the bill, saying, "It allows us to keep our local control. It also allows cities that don't want to have a dispensary to say no."
The Ammiano bill would:
California voters approved legalization of medical cannabis by passing Prop. 215 in 1996. Subsequent regulations to implement that law have been inadequate or unsuccessful. AB 1894 would remedy the shortcomings of the existing situation, clarifying rules for cities, patients and businesses, while providing law enforcement with tools to track the legitimacy of operations.
The bill now moves to Assembly Appropriations Committee.
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