California was one of the early leaders of marijuana reform, but has since backpedaled and once again struggles to pass the necessary legislation to regulate marijuana properly. Two similar bills have each been proposed and passed by the state senate and assembly, and now await the opposites approval vote. Major differences in the bill include who will oversee the regulation of the drug, either newly created companies specifically to oversee marijuana or the Department of Public Health, and Department of Food and Agriculture.
Last year, the Assembly rejected a bill that would have created an agency within the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to regulate the medical marijuana industry. A competing measure backed by police was passed by the Senate but eventually failed to garner enough votes to get through the full Assembly.