Medical Marijuana: California Governor Signs Bills To Regulate Industry | Us News | The Guardian

California governor Jerry Brown has signed a raft of legislation to regulate the medical marijuana industry. The legislation includes separate licenses for indoor and outdoor cultivation, transportation, product testing, distribution and dispensaries of different sizes. It also charges various state agencies to develop guidelines for packaging, potency, pesticide use and advertising. In addition, the bills preserve the right of individuals to grow small amounts of medical marijuana for personal use and allows local governments to ban or tax marijuana-related businesses. It was well-written. It was well thought-out. It flows, said Steven Lubell, a former Los Angeles superior court commissioner who represents medical marijuana dispensaries as a lawyer. The industry, I think, wants this. They want to do what they have to do to run it like any other business. Related: California lawmakers create medical marijuana ‘bureau’ to regulate industry The American Medical Marijuana Association, an advocacy group for medical-marijuana patients, has said it plans to sue to overturn the legislation. The group says several parts of the bill, including a provision limiting the space in which someone can grow their own pot to 10ft by 10ft, illegally amends the 1996 voter initiative that legalised it.

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