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Senate Passes League-Supported Medical Marijuana Clean-Up Legislation, Bill Moves Back to Assembly for Action

January 26, 2016
Monday afternoon the Senate voted 35-3 to pass AB 21 (Wood) the medical marijuana clean-up legislation that would eliminate the March 1, 2016 cultivation deadline.
 
AB 21 will now return to the Assembly, where the Assembly Local Government Committee will hear it this coming Wednesday. Assuming the bill is not amended further, it could be on the Assembly Floor for a final vote of the full body as soon as Thursday of this week. From there it will go directly to Gov. Jerry Brown's office for his consideration. As an urgency measure, it will take effect immediately upon the Governor's signature, lifting the March 1 deadline for local jurisdictions to have medical marijuana cultivation bans in effect.
 
Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) presented his colleague’s bill on the Senate Floor. The senator is the author of last year’s SB 643, one of the bills that comprise the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
 
The Senate’s action Monday followed the Senate Health Committee’s passage of Assembly Member Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) measure on Wednesday, Jan. 22.


 
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