October 1, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Law and order may soon be coming to the Wild West of weed.
A California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state's free-wheeling medical marijuana industry - the farmers that grow the drug, the hundreds of storefront shops that sell it and the doctors who write recommendations allowing its use.
The bill marks a milestone not only because it would provide significant state oversight of the multi-billion dollar industry for the first time, but because it is likely to get serious consideration in Sacramento after years of inaction.
It is the brainchild of the California Police Chiefs Association and the League of California Cities, politically influential groups that have stood in the way of efforts to legitimize pot growers and dispensaries by subjecting them to state control and taxation.