AB 1575 Streamlines Implementation of Landmark Medical Marijuana Law

Monday, January 4, 2016

(Sacramento, CA) –Today, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 1575, a bill to clarify and improve implementation of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), which took effect on January 1st. MMRSA established the first comprehensive regulatory framework for the state’s medical marijuana industry and is considered one of California’s landmark legislative efforts of 2015. AB 1575 is authored by the same bipartisan coalition of Assemblymembers who authored MMRSA—Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles), Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), and Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg).

“The passage of MMRSA ushered in a new era for California,” explained Assemblymember Bonta. “For the first time in nearly two decades, California is about to regulate medical marijuana to protect patients, businesses, our communities, and the environment. MMRSA resulted from an unprecedented collaboration among stakeholders, from local government, law enforcement, industry, patient advocates, environmentalists, and organized labor. AB 1575 builds on that historic success by refining a few outstanding issues in order to improve implementation and ease the transition for existing operators, local governments, and the general public.”

AB 1575 includes a number of provisions that address implementation, such as providing explicit authorization for current collectives and new businesses to operate for profit, establishing guidelines for the research and development of medical cannabis, adding refinements to testing and dispensary licenses, and requiring the exploration of different methods to address medical cannabis businesses’ access to financial services.

“By strengthening the framework passed last year, AB 1575 will ensure a smooth transition towards a rational, regulated market. I look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders as California enters this important new era,” concluded Bonta.

AB 1575 will be heard in Assembly policy committees in April.

Assemblymember Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. Bonta Chairs the Assembly Health Committee, the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, and in the second Extraordinary Session, the Public Health and Developmental Services Committee. He is also a member of the following committees: Appropriations, Budget, Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, Joint Legislative Budget, Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, Natural Resources, and Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security.