Bill To Regulate And Tax Marijuana Dies In California

Jun 27, 2012

A push to reg­u­late California’s med­ical mar­i­juana indus­try amid height­ened fed­eral scrutiny of cannabis pro­duc­ers and sell­ers has fiz­zled due to a lack of sup­port in the state Sen­ate. Assem­bly­man Tom Ammi­ano called off a sched­uled Sen­ate com­mit­tee vote on his med­ical mar­i­juana reg­u­la­tion leg­is­la­tion Mon­day, acknowl­edg­ing that he was short on votes to advance ahead of a July dead­line. “Cer­tainly in count­ing noses, the noses weren’t there even in com­mit­tee,” the San Fran­cisco Demo­c­rat said. Sup­port­ers of Assem­bly Bill 2312 say the state’s 16-year-old med­ical mar­i­juana laws need to be updated to pro­tect legit­i­mate grow­ers, sell­ers and users in the wake of raids and increased scrutiny from fed­eral author­i­ties. Scores of dis­pen­saries have shut down and at least 100 munic­i­pal­i­ties have acted to restrict their pres­ence in light of the fed­eral crack­down. But Monday’s deci­sion vir­tu­ally kills chances for a res­o­lu­tion this year. Leg­is­la­tion pro­tect­ing some dis­trib­u­tors from pros­e­cu­tion died on the Sen­ate floor ear­lier this year and a drive to qual­ify a med­ical mar­i­juana reg­u­la­tion ini­tia­tive for the bal­lot failed to attract the money needed to suc­ceed. Ammi­ano said the Sen­ate Busi­ness, Pro­fes­sions and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee has agreed to hold hear­ings on the issue and draft a report after this year’s leg­isla­tive ses­sion is over. He said the deci­sion gives sup­port­ers “breath­ing room” to con­tinue work­ing on issues with the bill with­out the added polit­i­cal com­pli­ca­tion of an upcom­ing gen­eral elec­tion. “Even though there’s always a sense of dis­ap­point­ment – where for many peo­ple there’s an imme­di­acy here – I think par­tic­u­larly when it comes to the Leg­is­la­ture, this extra time will be more ben­e­fi­cial,” he said. The bill, which squeaked out of the state Assem­bly ear­lier this month on a vote of 41–28, would cre­ate a state Bureau of Med­ical Mar­i­juana Enforce­ment to issue licenses and pro­vide over­sight for many aspects of the med­ical mar­i­juana indus­try. It would also allow local gov­ern­ments to tax mar­i­juana prod­ucts. Crit­ics said the bill lacked detail and put too much power in the hands of the newly cre­ated panel of polit­i­cal appointees. Law enforce­ment asso­ci­a­tions opposed to the bill com­plained in a let­ter that the mea­sure was “really a giant per­mis­sion slip for med­ical mar­i­juana stores to oper­ate in a vir­tual unfet­tered man­ner.” Ammi­ano, who is termed out in 2014, said he hopes to return with another mea­sure on the topic when the Leg­is­la­ture starts its new ses­sion in Jan­u­ary. Source: Sacra­mento Bee (CA) Copy­right: 2012 The Sacra­mento Bee Web­site: http://​www​.sacbee​.com/ Author: Torey Van Oot

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