Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources
AB 243 (Wood) – Pending
AB 266 (Cooley) – Pending
AB 243, by Assembly Member Jim Wood, would require indoor and outdoor medical marijuana cultivation to be conducted in accordance with state and local laws and best practices related to land conversion, grading, electricity usage, water usage, agricultural discharges, and similar matters. It would also require state agencies, including, the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California regional water quality control boards, and traditional state law enforcement agencies to address environmental impacts of medical marijuana cultivation and to coordinate with cities and counties and their law enforcement agencies in enforcement efforts. AB 243 has yet to be referred to a legislative committee.
AB 266, by Assembly Member Ken Cooley and co-sponsored by the League of California Cities and the California Police Chiefs Association, would establish within the Department of Consumer Affairs a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. It would require the bureau to license and regulate dispensing facilities, cultivation sites, transporters, and manufacturers of medical marijuana and medical marijuana products, subject to local ordinances. This comprehensive regulatory framework addresses a wide range of issues affecting dispensing facilities and cultivation operations. CSAC is in the process of reviewing AB 266 in addition to seeking the feedback of several county counsels. AB 266 has yet to be assigned to a legislative committee.