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California legislators shelve state licensing for medical pot shops
California legislators shelve state licensing for medical pot shops

Lawmakers on Thursday shelved plans to require state licenses for medical marijuana shops and condom use by adult film actors, among dozens of other measures. They also halted a plan that would have closed a loophole in Proposition 13, the state's decades-old property tax law. The proposal on marijuana dispensaries faced opposition from the industry and questions about how to pay for a new state agency to oversee a licensing operation. Licenses would have cost up to $8,000 each, which dispensaries said was too expensive. Legislative analysts said it was unclear whether the fees would be enough to cover the $20-million cost of setting up a Bureau of Medical Marijuana...

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