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Two decades after legalization of medical pot, Calif. is finally ready to step in to regulate industry

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The country’s largest medical marijuana industry might finally be regulated.

An agreement hammered out by California lawmakers Thursday would provide a regulatory framework for the industry, including the establishment of a new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation responsible for licensing and other regulation-related issues.

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. In the two decades, the state has largely left regulation of the industry to individual cities and counties.

The likelihood that this proposal will gain passage in the state legislature is high.

Who are the winners and losers under this new regulatory framework? How does this figure into the expectation that California would legalize recreational marijuana in 2016?



David Downs, SF-based journalist cannabis journalist who’s been following the issue. He is the author of the “Legalization Nation” column focusing on marijuana for the East Bay Express

David Welch, attorney with D/R Welch Attorneys at Law in Downtown Los Angeles working in the medical marijuana industry