Sacramento Today – The Senate Environmental Quality Committee voted to pass Assemblymember Jim Wood’s Marijuana Watershed Protection Act (AB 243) by a vote of 5-0.
Assemblyman Wood said, “The progress we have made is very encouraging and I am grateful for all the support we have gathered so far. We now have an opportunity to work out the final wrinkles over summer recess and I think we will have a very strong bill in the final weeks of the legislative session.”
AB 243 creates regulations that would ensure cultivation of medical marijuana is done sustainably. The bill also places a fee on cannabis that will generate revenue to go to environmental mitigation and restoration, as well as to law enforcement to assure legitimate cultivation efforts are encouraged and public safety is assured.
AB 243 will be heard next in Senate Appropriations Committee when the Legislature reconvenes in August.
Elected in 2014, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) represents the 2nd Assembly District, which includes all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties, plus northern and coastal Sonoma County, including the northern half of Santa Rosa.
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