CALIFORNIA: Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills on Friday that mark the state’s first move towards regulating the medical marijuana industry.
In signing AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643, the governor marked the establishing of “a long-overdue comprehensive regulatory framework for the production, transportation, and sale of medical marijuana,” Brown said in his statement on what is being called Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
“This new structure will make sure patients have access to medical marijuana, while ensuring a robust tracking system,” said Brown. “This sends a clear and certain signal to our federal counterparts that California is implementing robust controls not only on paper, but in practice.” Although Prop. 215, which voters passed in 1996, legalized cannabis for patients in the state, federal laws do not recognize medical marijuana laws in individual states. Next year’s state ballot will also likely see at least one measure to legalize recreational use.