A bill in the California Legislature that could have major ramifications for both hemp and marijuana companies in the state is expected to get a final vote this week.
The measure in question – Assembly Bill 45 – has been in the works for years. Hemp companies have been pushing for years to overturn California’s prohibition on selling CBD outside dispensaries, and marijuana businesses have been prohibited from selling hemp goods.
But the bill has also been a contentious one, with stakeholders from all sides – and with varying priorities and agendas – competing to have their interests represented in the final bill, such as hemp product lab testing and the legality of smokable hemp flower.
It appears, however, that lawmakers and stakeholders may have reached a final agreement on the bill, and final passage could come as early as Wednesday, according to HBW Insight.
The legislature faces a deadline to approve any remaining bills before it adjourns for the year on Friday.