Here is the cannabis legislation that will become law in California
With the end of the California Legislature fast approaching, creating a framework for the interstate trade in marijuana is among the bills coming to the governor’s office for signature.
Other bills are pending, such as one that would ban municipalities from banning the supply of medical marijuana and another that would provide job protections for people who use cannabis outside of work.
Recently, lawmakers finally approved a series of reforms that will now be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom, Marijuana Moment reported.
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These measures include:
- SB 1326 by State Senator Anna Caballero (D)
- AB 1706 by MP Mia Bonta (D)
Senator Caballero’s SB 1326 bill would set the stage for interstate cannabis trafficking from California to other legal states, so long as the federal government permits it through legislation or an exemption from the Department of Justice.
“The bill would prohibit a company with a commercial cannabis license issued under the laws of another state from conducting commercial cannabis activities within the borders of that state without a state license or within a local jurisdiction without a license, permit or other authorization issued by the local jurisdiction” , according to a legal analysis.
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Bonta’s legislation would improve the judicial reform provisions of the state marijuana statute by directing courts to seal records and process other forms of relief for individuals with valid cannabis convictions on their records during a specified time period.
“On or before March 1, 2023, the court will update its records pursuant to this section and report to the Department of Justice all convictions that have been revoked, discharged, renamed or sealed in order to adjust the state’s summary criminal history information database,” bill AB 1706 reads .
Among the bills approved by the California Senate is the Safe Drug Consumption Sites Bill.
The measure would allow safe places for illegal drug use through certain jurisdictions in California as part of a pilot program. The initial volunteer pilot program under this bill would last until January 1, 2028.
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Senator Scott Wiener’s (D) bill, passed by the full Senate last year, was first introduced in 2020. “The Senate just gave final approval to our bill (SB 57) authorizing safe consumption facilities in SF, Oakland & LA. It’s going to the governor now,” Senator Wiener said in a tweet. “We are seeing an escalation in overdose deaths. These websites are a proven strategy to save lives and get people to treatment. It’s time.”
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What is the upcoming legislation about?
Wiener also introduced bill SB 1186, which said the legislation would “prohibit a local jurisdiction from making or enforcing regulations that restrict the retail sale by supply of medicinal cannabis to medicinal cannabis patients or their primary caregivers within the local jurisdiction by medicinal cannabis companies to forbid. ”
State Senator Richard Pan (D) introduced bill SB 1097 that would require the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) to “enact regulations requiring that cannabis and cannabis product labels and inserts carry a clear and prominent warning of the risks of Cannabis containing use may contribute to mental health problems in addition to existing labeling requirements.”
In addition, the DCC has proposed standards for nationwide laboratory testing methods. Senate Bill 544 requires the DCC to implement standardized cannabinoid testing methods by January 1, 2023. “A cannabis testing laboratory is a type of license established by the Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act for Medical and Adult Use,” reads a press release.
This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been republished with permission.