CALIFORNIA—Lawmakers in California are moving to make it illegal for businesses and individuals to operate marijuana businesses.
The bill, SB 962, would impose new rules that would make it a misdemeanor to operate a marijuana business or cultivation facility without a license, if there is no active medical marijuana program in the state.
It would also make it an offense to manufacture or transport a controlled substance with intent to distribute that has not been approved by the California Department of Public Health.
The bills would also require marijuana growers to pay a fee to the state, and they would require anyone who is a medical marijuana patient to register with the department to obtain a license.
The measure also makes it a crime to distribute marijuana.
It also sets up a task force to review the current state of the law and make recommendations for how it can be improved.
Lawmakers said the legislation would make the state’s marijuana laws more uniform.
The bill was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Mark Leno of San Diego, and it was signed by Gov.
Gavin Newsom in January.
The legislation is the latest in a series of laws that have made it illegal to operate in California.
The state’s new recreational marijuana program was approved by voters in November.