Marijuana Growers, Sellers May Work Alongside Each Other Under New California Proposal

Customers buy marijuana products at the Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles on March 24, 2017. (Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images)

Customers buy marijuana products at the Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles on March 24, 2017. (Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images)

With the first marijuana licenses due to be issued in January, California lawmakers proposed Thursday that growers and sellers be able to group multiple permitted operations together.

The change would allow a store that is licensed to sell marijuana for medical use to also sell pot for recreational use if it is licensed to do so. In addition, a marijuana store would be able to run a manufacturing operation at the same site, and businesses could group together multiple cultivation licenses in one facility, which would allow medical pot to be grown next to adult-use cannabis, said Hezekiah Allen, head of the California Growers Assn.

The measure also would repeal a rule that licensed medical-cannabis manufacturers can provide products only to medical pot retailers.

Lawmakers said the changes, which are contained in a bill by the Assembly Budget Committee that addresses inconsistencies and confusion created by past cannabis measures, will provide flexibility for license holders and convenience for customers.

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