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Medical Marijuana Deal On Agenda For Legislature's Final Day

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

The Assembly and Senate will convene for what is expected to be their final day of legislative session this year at 10am Friday.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers are scheduled to wrap up their work for the year Friday – but not before they debate climate change, end-of-life and medical marijuana legislation.

Lawmakers announced a deal to create California’s first ever medical marijuana regulations late last night. It calls for the creation of a new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation – and would require dispensaries to acquire licenses from both their local and state governments. The deal still needs to pass both chambers.

End-of-life legislation faces a final vote in the Senate today. And while most of Gov. Jerry Brown’s climate change efforts have failed in the Legislature this week, a bill that would set new renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates will likely come up in both chambers.

There will not be votes on road repair or Medi-Cal funding deals. Nor will there be a vote to raise the tobacco tax. However, it’s possible that a half-dozen anti-tobacco bills could see action today, such as regulating e-cigarettes and raising the tobacco age from 18 to 21.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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