The California Senate on Monday approved a bill aimed at slowing a rush of cities and counties racing to ban marijuana cultivation.
The measure corrects what lawmakers say was a mistake in California's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations, which were adopted in the closing hours of last year's legislative session.
A paragraph in that 70-page bill gave the state authority to license growers in jurisdictions that do not have their own laws on the books by March 1.
As a result, dozens of cities and counties seeking to preserve local control over pot have rushed to enact bans on marijuana growing before the deadline. Some apply only to commercial cultivation,...