Under Proposed Bill, California ABC Would Regulate Medical Marijuana
A bill recently introduced by state assembly member Tom Ammiano in the California State Assembly (AB 1894) would create a Division of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement within the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The bill also gives the department the power to create a registration system for persons interested in cultivating, manufacturing, testing, transporting, storing, distributing, and selling medical marijuana within the state.
Should AB1894 pass, and should California voters pass a ballot initiative in 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana, it is highly likely that the state ABC would be in charge of both medical and recreational marijuana regulation.
The State Assembly’s Committee on Public Safety will hold a hearing on AB 1894 on April 22.