Medical marijuana extract manufacturers in California will receive legal protections under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assembly Bill 2679, signed on Sept. 29, spans a gap between existing unregulated medical marijuana extracts and the soon-to-be regulated market, which starts the first day of 2018.
Butane hash blasters, carbon dioxide extraction technicians and other artisans who follow stringent manufacturing and quality assurance standards will fall under the legal protection, the East Bay Express reported. Those who don’t follow the bill to the letter can be arrested and face jail time.
“Across the state, locally authorized medical cannabis manufacturers continue to be targeted by municipal law enforcement. As we await full implementation of medical cannabis regulations, manufacturers cannot continue to operate in a legal gray area,” said state Rep. Rob Bonta, according to the East Bay Express.