Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith’s Legislation to Combat Illegal Cannabis Grows Passes (66-0) the California State Assembly

APPLE VALLEY, CA – Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith’s legislation to increase penalties for unlicensed cultivation of cannabis and to incentivize compliance with state law passed the Assembly 66-0.

“Our state is dealing with an unprecedented number of illegal cannabis grows, particularly in the rural desert communities that I represent in the legislature. Because of this, our laws need to require compliance and ensure that illegal activity is punished,” said Assemblyman Smith.

AB 2728 would increase penalties from three to four times the license amount for individuals without a proper license possessing six or more cannabis plants.

“This bill is an important step towards fixing the pitfalls of legalization and ensuring that the voter’s intent of a legal industry can thrive in California. I’m happy that this legislation is moving forward with majority support because we need to bring back law and order to illicit activities.”

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