Assemblymember Rob Bonta

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | An Assembly bill regulating medical cannabis in the state once called “historic” by its sponsors was gutted Thursday afternoon, but it’s ultimate fate is yet to be decided.

Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s Assembly Bill 266 was amended by the State Senate Appropriations Committee to read “It is the intention of the state legislature to regulate medical marijuana.”

The statement for eventually placing strong regulations the fast-growing medical cannabis industry is far less than AB 266 intends to accomplish, but the move Thursday more than hints the Legislature hopes to return to the subject before the end of the legislative year next week.

Thursday was the deadline for bills such as Bonta’s AB 266 to move forward or be shelved for the session. The Senate Appropriations move merely kept the legislation alive for another day.

The possibility remains AB 266 along with other medical cannabis-related bills may be knitted into legislation that can be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown sometime in September.

LISTEN to Assemblymember Rob Bonta talk about AB 266 on the East Bay Citizen Show podcast: