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California firms up marijuana rules, will allow deliveries

California firms up marijuana rules, will allow deliveries (Photo MGN)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would set standards for organic marijuana, allow pot samples at county fairs and permit home deliveries under legislation set to be considered by state lawmakers.

The provisions were tucked into the state budget agreement between Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democratic lawmakers. It's scheduled for approval in the Legislature on Thursday.

Lawmakers and the Brown administration are working to merge the state's new voter-approved recreational marijuana law with the longstanding medical marijuana program. They've settled on an array of regulations to protect consumers and public safety while ensuring taxes are collected.

The budget agreement includes $118 million to pay for startup costs for the newly regulated industry.

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