Bill To Regulate Medical Pot Clears Massive Hurdle

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Rep. Tom Ammiano

Thousands of medical cannabis patients cheered the California Assembly’s passage of AB 2312Rep. Tom Ammiano‘s bill to install statewide regulation of California’s estimated $1.3-billion medipot industry.

AB 2312 passed out of the State Assembly on a 41-28 vote Thursday, May 31, just a day before the deadline for it — and all other 2012 bills — to clear their house of origin. AB 2312 heads to the Senate for debate this month and next.

Just after AB 2312 passed, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 organizer and Oakland resident Matthew Witemyre called it, “a really, really good day for us.”

“When AB 2312 was introduced it had a snowball’s chance in hell of passing,” he said. “It passed because of the overwhelming voice of the people in Sacramento.”