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Law to Regulate Weed Shops Would Allow Edibles, Concentrates

Law to Regulate Weed Shops Would Allow Edibles, Concentrates
Wax by Nanette Gonzalez/L.A. Weekly

A proposed law to begin strict, statewide regulation of marijuana dispensaries would allow edibles and concentrates (wax, honey oil, dabs, shatter) to be sold legally.

See also: Law Would Ban Potent Marijuana 'Concentrates' in California

An earlier version of the bill proposed by Sen. Lou Correa would have banned concentrated cannabis products, often blamed for home-lab explosions triggered by butane extraction processes. 

Medical marijuana advocates have been dead set against the legislation:

But the law has been amended, and the office of Correa, a Santa Ana Democrat, is boasting that this is now a "bipartisan effort ... to properly regulate medical marijuana dispensaries."

Indeed, even the pro-pot crowd has been clamoring for regulation, often under the argument that the state needs to permit dispensaries and provide a framework for cities about how to limit them.

But this bill is backed by a group that had until recently rarely even acknowledged the legality of medical marijuana in the Golden State, the California Police Chiefs Association.

The latest version of the bill is a far cry from the original, however, which regulated what kind of doctors could recommend marijuana and what kind of weed they could recommend.

That, and the concentrate ban, had the pro-cannabis lobby up in arms.

The bill now mentions no prohibition on concentrates and says that edibles can be sold so long as facilities and handlers are clean.

It would require labeling on how much THC and dosage is contained in any product legally sold.

The bill was approved 10-2 by the Assembly's Business, Professions and Consumer Protection this week.

Correa says:

While medical marijuana is legal in California, the industry is poorly regulated, compromising the health and safety of patients. SB 1262 effectively addresses the growth of lawsuits and lack of standards that local communities currently face.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews .


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