Ammiano Bill: Growing Pot Would No Longer Be Automatic Felony

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Turns out, you might not be considered a felon

 By Chris Roberts
‚ÄčCalifornians caught growing cannabis without a medical recommendation — and indeed, some marijuana cultivators with medical recommendations — are on their way to becoming felons. Law enforcement has no choice — cultivation is a felony.
Although that could change under a new piece of legislation announced Wednesday morning by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). Ammiano’s bill — AB 1017, would make marijuana cultivation a “wobbler” — an alternate felony or misdemeanor. But there is a catch: It will be up to the district attorney to decide whether to charge someone with a felony or not.
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