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Regulating Medical Marijuana In California

Jeff Chiu / File / AP

This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.

Jeff Chiu / File / AP

Three bills that would change medical marijuana regulations are at the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. Lawmakers passed the bill, roughly 24 hours after a deal was reached. Proponents of the legislation say it will replace the patchwork of differing policies cities and counties crafted after Californians approved the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. That act failed to provide guidance on how to implement medical marijuana in the state. If Brown signs the package, anyone working in the cannabis business would need to be licensed, and the state would regulate each step in the growth and distribution chain.
 
Joining Insight to talk more about how these new regulations -- if signed into law -- would change the state’s medical marijuana industry is Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director of the California Growers Association. The CGA is a collaboration of cannabis cultivators, retailers, packagers and testers. It has been a stakeholder in the legislation since its introduction.