The California Assembly is considering legislation, AB 1017, to reduce criminal penalties for marijuana cultivation.
The bill seeks to downgrade cultivation from a mandatory felony to a “wobbler” or alternative misdemeanor. This would permit judges and DA’s to treat minor cultivation cases as misdemeanors, at considerable cost savings to both users and law enforcement. AB 1017 was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a 4-3 vote on May 3rd, and is now awaiting a vote by the full Assembly.
AB 1017 is endorsed by the District Attorney of Mendocino County, David Eyster, along with other north state DA’s, but is opposed by California’s mainstream narcotics enforcement establishment.
California NORML supports AB 1017 because it would help protect small-scale personal use and medical growers from felony punishment.
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