California Senate Backs Bill to Slow Medical Marijuana Bans

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SACRAMENTO (AP) —

The California Senate has approved a bill aimed at slowing a rush of cities and counties racing to ban marijuana cultivation.

The Senate backed the measure in a 35-3 vote on Monday, sending it to the Assembly.

AB21 corrects what lawmakers say was a mistake in medical marijuana regulations that were adopted in the closing hours of last year’s legislative session.

A paragraph in that 70-page bill gave the state authority to license growers in jurisdictions that do not have their own laws on the books by March 1.

As a result, dozens of cities and counties have raced to enact bans on marijuana growing before the deadline to preserve local control over pot.

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