Who Benefits From California's New Medical Marijuana Laws?

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a series of bills last week to finally regulate the medical marijuana industry decades after California first legalized cannabis for medical use and the major players are all claiming victory.

Environmentalists, business groups, pot farmers, local governments and consumer groups are all claiming benefits from the passage of three laws that regulate the sale, transport, and growth of medical marijuana.

Brown and state lawmakers crafted the regulations to help manage California’s unregulated billion-dollar medical marijuana industry, according to the LA Times.

“This new structure will make sure patients have access to medical marijuana, while ensuring a robust tracking system. This sends a clear and certain signal to our federal counterparts that California is implementing robust controls not only on paper, but in practice.”

Many of the new regulations won’t go into effect until 2018, but Brown said experts would start crafting guidelines immediately. Lawmakers...

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