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Governor Reprieves Medical Marijuana Ordinance Makers

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Sacramento, CA — As he promised, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that removes the need for local jurisdictions to sprint towards establishing local rules for medical marijuana grows by March 1.

Authored by Democrat Assemblymember Jim Wood, AB21 was quickly passed by both houses in January. It remedies a part of the state’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act that mandated local governments that choose to establish more limited local regulations to do so by March 1; otherwise, state laws and regulatory hoops would apply. According to Wood, the bill removes the deadline date, essentially fixing a drafting error in the overall legislation, which passed last year. Now that the Governor’s ink is on it, the bill is immediately in effect.

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors passed temporary local cultivation and enforcement rules on Tuesday, as previously reported here. The City of Sonora, Calaveras County and City of Angels boards and councils, which all introduced draft ordinances under deadline pressure that they are still working on, now no longer need to rush to set them into place.