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Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes First Committee

April 29, 2015
The Assembly Business and Professions Committee on a unanimous 12-0 bipartisan vote yesterday passed AB 266 (Cooley).
This measure would enact a structure for the business-based distribution and regulation of marijuana in California with an emphasis on local government enforcement. The bill will next advance to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The success of this bill is due in part to the leadership of the author, Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), who has been effective at bringing together disparate groups on the issue of marijuana regulation. Assembly Member Cooley, a former League first vice president and Rancho Cordova mayor and council member, understands quite well the challenges that local governments face on the issue of marijuana regulation. 
AB 266 unconditionally protects local control with a dual licensing scheme, under which the state would issue a conditional license only, and local governments would issue the actual permit to operate in a specific jurisdiction.  It is unequivocal on the issue of allowing locals to maintain existing bans.
It will impose uniform health and safety standards, testing standards for contaminants and potency, and security standards throughout the state.   
More information is available at www.cacities.org/medicalmarijuana.

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