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California Senate Budget Committee Cracks Up Over Bureau Of 'Cannibals' Control


If you're a reporter covering California's landmark cannabis bill, chances are you tuned in for a Senate Budget Committee hearing this week.

After several hours of public comment on many other bills, the focus turned to legislation that would align the state's rules on medical and recreational marijuana.

That is, cannabis.

Soon it was Republican John Moorlach's turn to pose a question to Democratic Committee Chair Holly Mitchell.

He asked senators to go to the committee report and look at the bottom of page one.

"It refers to a bureau," said Moorlach. "And I'm kind-of curious..."

"The bureau of cannibal - cannabis - control?" clarified Mitchell. 

"It says 'cannibals' control," replied Moorlach.

"It's a typo and you knew it was a typo!" countered Mitchell, laughing.

"Bureau of C-a-n-n-a-b-i-s Control. Yes, you knew," insisted Mitchell as laughter rippled through the chamber. 

"Let's get to your question," added Mitchell, trying to re-direct the hearing.

The exchange sounded like the dawning of the Age of Cannabis.

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