A bill that would legitimize the state’s billion-dollar medical marijuana industry could also exclude many Californians from the lucrative industry: those convicted of drug crimes.
It’s one of the most vexing questions that California must reconcile as the marijuana industry comes above ground: how to treat those who were punished when weed was illegal.
The language in the legislation, expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, is fuzzy. It’s a product of last-minute negotiation and compromise as legislators raced to pass it before Friday’s legislative deadline. The law enforcement lobby — whose support was crucial in passing the trio of measures before Brown — was adamant that the measure keep bad actors from being able to sell weed legally. [Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle]
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