Lawmakers reach 11th-hour deal to regulate medical marijuana

Sep 11, 2015 5:08 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have reached an 11th-hour compromise on a trio of bills to create the first regulatory framework for the state's thriving but unruly medical marijuana industry.

The authors of legislation that was stalled in the Senate and Assembly in the closing days of the legislative session announced a compromise late Thursday.

Both chambers say they plan to put the measures establishing licensing rules for pot growers and distributors to a vote before the Legislature adjourns for the year Friday.

The near-certainty that California voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana next year had put pressure on lawmakers to rein in the medical marijuana trade.

It has flourished since the state became the first in the U.S. to authorize marijuana use for health purposes in 1996.


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