As we previously reported, numerous cities and counties throughout California are working rapidly to implement sanctions that would ban the cultivation of cannabis before the state-appointed deadline of March 1.
Said deadline was part of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which is designed to establish a complete regulatory composition for the state’s medical marijuana program.
The newly-enacted Act’s deadline is what set cities and counties across the state into a cannabis cultivation banning frenzy. Some putting into action bans on cultivation for commercial and/or personal purposes in their respective jurisdictions ahead of the aforementioned deadline.
These jurisdictions that are placing bans fear that if they don’t take the bull by the horns and set their own directives regarding cannabis cultivation before March 1, then the state will take over control and implement their own set of regulations.
But a new bill that was introduced by California Assemblyman Jim Wood, which was recently argued and approved by the state’s Senate, would help moderate the bans via amending the Act to “clarify the authority of cities and counties to regulate medical marijuana cultivation in their jurisdictions”.
The state’s Senate approved the bill, AB21, via a wide margin of 35-3, which will now move to the Assembly to endure further scrutiny.