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California in 1996 became the first state to legalize pot for medicinal reasons, but it has yet to approve it for the overall adult population, or so-called "adult-use." Despite that, it has the largest pot market in the nation, according to a widely referenced report last year by San Francisco-based marijuana research and investment firm ArcView Group.  
The state Assembly on Friday approved a package of bills designed to regulate the pumping of groundwater in California for the first time in state history and make the most significant changes to state water law in 50 years.  
Online ride-sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar will provide more insurance for drivers under a bill sent to the governor's desk -- the result of a deal struck earlier this week following months of hardball negotiations.  


Political Blotter: Bill would increase penalty for grease theft
A bill to increase penalties for heists of used cooking oil is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk with unanimous bipartisan support; also, Neel Kashkari offers a $25,000 scholarship to the college student who designs the best ad for his campaign.