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Calif. seeks control of unruly medical pot industry

Michael R. Blood
Associated Press

Los Angeles — California is trying to get control of its unruly medical marijuana industry.

The state Friday released draft regulations intended to impose order on the loosely organized marketplace created over two decades ago.

The proposal would establish the first comprehensive rules for growing, testing, transporting and selling medical pot in the state that is home to 1 in 8 Americans.

Meanwhile, the use of recreational pot becomes legal in California on Jan. 1.

Similar rules are being created for the recreational industry.

There are differences, and a bill in the Legislature seeks to square the recreational pot law with the rules for medical marijuana.

The draft regulations are expected to take months to review.