California Rules on Recreational Pot Draw Fire and Praise
SACRAMENTO (CN) – Racing to get recreational marijuana sales permitted in California by 2018, Gov. Jerry Brown this week rolled out draft rules that would let companies control all levels of the business, from cultivation to sales, a move that drew both praise and criticism from the industry.
Restrictions barring any one business from growing, manufacturing, distributing, transporting and selling cannabis were part of a regulatory scheme for medical marijuana approved by the California Legislature in 2015.
Brown’s 79-page proposal, unveiled Tuesday, seeks to reconcile conflicts between the medical cannabis regulations, which have yet to take effect, and new rules adopted as part of the voter-approved November ballot initiative that legalized recreational marijuana.
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