Marijuana Industry Welcomes Rob Bonta as Newsom’s Choice for Attorney General

The marijuana industry is celebrating the appointment of Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) as the state’s next attorney general. Bonta has been a stalwart ally of cannabis reform during his time in the Legislature. He has authored numerous cannabis-related bills dealing with criminal resentencing, cannabis banking, medical cannabis patient protections, marijuana tax reform, workplace protections for cannabis users, and more.

“Bonta has tackled some of the major cannabis issues in the state, advocating for workers, patients and cannabis operators,” the United Cannabis Business Association said in a statement.

“As California Attorney General, he will be aware of the current problems that face cannabis operators due to the illicit market and will find reasonable solutions. We look forward to his continued leadership on cannabis policy in his new role.”

Bonta will replace Xavier Becerra, who is awaiting confirmation as head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Becerra is not nearly as popular in the cannabis community. Just recently, his Justice Department argued that cannabis businesses working on provisional permits (the majority of the industry) are not entitled to due process.

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