A legislative proposal from California’s Governor Jerry Brown that would reconcile aspects of the state’s medical and recreational cannabis industries is under fire from all sides as lawmakers, marijuana advocates, and police officials alike worry that the bill is too hands off and gives too much power to canna-businesses.
As we reported last week, the Governor’s bill (a trailer to the state’s annual budget) would allow individuals an unlimited number of cannabis licenses, allow cultivators to act as their own distributors, and remove permitting regulations that require local municipalities to approve pot shops before they can acquire a state permit.
Unlike Colorado, where legislators just passed a bill that would allow recreational companies to turn medical at the drop of a hat if federal enforcement were to arise – California would have a cannabis industry with different tax structures in place for medical and recreational sales.
But now, according to the L.A. Times, lawmakers and policy advocates across California are upset that Brown’s unifying bill does away with some of the medical marijuana provisions that have guided the state since 2015.
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