12 January 2010

A.B. 390 reported favorably 4 - 3 by california state assembly on public safety committee

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SACRAMENTO - Today, in a 4 to 3 vote, the California Assembly's Public Safety Committee passed A.B. 390, legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.

This is the first time in U.S. history that a state legislature has ever passed-or even considered-a proposal to make marijuana legal, taxed, and regulated.

A.B. 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act was authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the chair of the committee. read more
it's believed that san mateo county assemblymember jerry hill, the east bay's nancy skinner, jared huffman and ammiano the bills sponsor and committee chair voted to report favorably. ~ source
click here to download AB 390 as amended
fifty-two page .pdf [298 kb]
or click here for california legislative inquiry
But the vote was only a minor victory for the pro-legalization lobby. (AB 390 may very well die in the health committee.)

The real test will come in November, when voters will consider the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which, in a nutshell, will legalize pot for personal and agricultural use. (Recent polls show about 56 percent support the bill.) ~ read more
see also
long beach report
AB 390 news with on-demand audio
and also
the marijuana label
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