California marijuana growers face new crop of local bans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Advocates hoped the passage of California’s first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations would encourage cities that have outlawed pot-related businesses to reconsider.

Instead, local governments are racing to ban marijuana cultivation ahead of a deadline that lawmakers say was included accidentally in the regulatory framework approved in the closing hours of the last legislative session.

At issue is a paragraph in the 70-page framework that would give the state authority to license growers in jurisdictions that do not have laws on the books by March 1 specifically authorizing or outlawing cultivation.

An emergency bill to strike the deadline is making its way through the Legislature. The League of California Cities nonetheless is advising its members to enact bans ahead of the original cutoff date as a precaution.

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