Is Medical Marijuana Regulation Deal Hammered Out Late Thursday a Victory or a Bummer for Growers?
“[The] Golden Tarp just became a victory party!” enthused Luke Bruner of California Cannabis Voice Humboldt tonight by text. The occasion was a deal hammered out late Thursday between lawmakers. Three competing bills to regulate medical marijuana were adjusted to work together and the three passed through a necessary hoop just before Friday’s deadline. (All the bills still need to need to get approval from the legislature as a whole before being signed by the governor.)
The idea is that a vast overarching system will be in place to regulate medical marijuana which will be classified as an agricultural product. A Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation will be formed to oversee the new rules.
It remains to be seen whether the growers at Saturday’s Golden Tarp Awards in Garberville are as excited about the new bills and BMMR (the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation) as Bruner thinks they will be.
Already John Myers of KQED pointed out that the acronym is somewhat unfortunate.
California's on the verge of a new "Bummer"? Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation = BUMMR under #CALeg medical pot proposal..
— John Myers (@johnmyers) September 11, 2015