Assembly Bill 21 introduced by Assembly Member Wood bill would delete March 1, 2016 deadline contained the MMRSA that provides that the State of California would be the sole licensing authority if a city or county does not have land use regulations or ordinances regulating or prohibiting the cultivation of marijuana.
The MMRSA provided for the licensing and regulation by both state and local entities of medical marijuana and its cultivation. Existing law provides that if a city, county, or city and county does not have land use regulations or ordinances regulating or prohibiting the cultivation of marijuana, commencing March 1, 2016, the Department of Food and Agriculture is the sole licensing authority for medical marijuana cultivation applicants in that city or county. AB 21 would delete the provision that grants the State as the sole licensing authority by March 1, 2016.
AB 21 would instead provide that an exemption from these licensure requirements does not limit or prevent a city or county from exercising its police power authority under a specified provision of the California Constitution. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.