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Legislature considering plans to regulate medicinal pot shops, growers

Legislature considering plans to regulate medicinal pot shops, growers

California lawmakers are wading into the politically sticky issue of regulating medical marijuana, laying groundwork for state control of the sale and cultivation of cannabis with the expectation that voters will legalize recreational use next year. The Legislature is considering multiple — and conflicting — plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers; the billion-dollar-a-year industry is now regulated largely by local governments. The debate has pitted cities and law enforcement agencies against marijuana growers and sellers. "The Legislature has an important [task] in getting a bill passed this year,...

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