California Committee Approves Measure to Protect Medical Cannabis Dispensary Operators

California’s Assembly Public Safety Committee, with a vote of 5 to 1, approved Senate Bill 439 today, a measure to explicitly protect medical cannabismedical_marijuana dispensaries and their operators as long as they’re following certain guidelines such as remaining non-profit. The measure has already been approved by the state’s Senate.

The proposal would lament clear legal protections against arrest and prosecution for dispensary operators who are following certain guidelines, which are based on guidelines released by the state’s attorney general.

Unsurprisingly, the proposal is heavily opposed by the California Narcotic Officers’ Association. Despite this, the measure continues to move forward, and now sits in the Assembly Health Committee, where its passage will send it to the full Assembly – its passage there would send it to the governor, who is unlikely to veto it.


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