The second bill, AB 1575, would:
- Allow current operators and new businesses to organize as for-profit entities
- Authorize research on medical cannabis and new product development
- Set standards for delivery services
- Create a banking advisory group
- Regulate advertising by medical cannabis businesses
Press Release: Assembly member Rob Bonta
Wednesday June 1
Today, the California State Assembly passed AB 1575, a bill by Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) to strengthen implementation of California’s landmark Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), by a vote of 57-6.
“For the first time in nearly two decades, California is regulating medical cannabis to protect patients, businesses, our communities, and the environment. But passing MMRSA was just the beginning,” explained Bonta. “AB 1575 builds on our historic success by resolving outstanding issues to improve implementation and ease the transition to a regulated market.”
AB 1575 authorizes research on medical cannabis and development of new products, sets standards for delivery services, creates a banking advisory group, allows current operators and new businesses to organize as for-profit entities, and regulates advertising by medical cannabis businesses.
“Last year, California took an important step towards regulating the medical cannabis industry, and today the Assembly reaffirmed our commitment to ensuring implementation is successful,” concluded Bonta.
AB 1575 is authored by the same bipartisan coalition of Assemblymembers who authored MMRSA—Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles), Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), and Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg).
AB 1575 will now be referred to policy committee in the State Senate.