CA bill to regulate pot shops clears 1st hurdle
SAN FRANCISCO—A bill aimed at bringing order to California’s medical marijuana economy cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday as pot advocates and law enforcement groups lined up for another clash over the drug.
Legislation to create statewide regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries passed the Assembly’s public safety committee by a 4-2 vote along party lines, with Democrats supporting the bill.
“There is no doubt that an industry exits around medical cannabis,” said Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the San Francisco Democrat who proposed the measure. “The point of regulation is to bring these activities above-board to ensure safe and effective access.”