AB 21 will now return to the Assembly, where the Assembly Local Government Committee will hear it this coming Wednesday. Assuming the bill is not amended further, it could be on the Assembly Floor for a final vote of the full body as soon as Thursday of this week. From there it will go directly to Gov. Jerry Brown's office for his consideration. As an urgency measure, it will take effect immediately upon the Governor's signature, lifting the March 1 deadline for local jurisdictions to have medical marijuana cultivation bans in effect.
Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) presented his colleague’s bill on the Senate Floor. The senator is the author of last year’s SB 643, one of the bills that comprise the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act
The Senate’s action Monday followed the Senate Health Committee’s passage
of Assembly Member Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) measure on Wednesday, Jan. 22.