Governor calls on lawmakers and other decision makers to redouble efforts to address barriers to access
Sacramento – Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that he has signed several measures to strengthen California’s cannabis laws, expand the legal cannabis market, and offset the harms of the cannabis ban.
Although the state has made significant progress since the legalization of cannabis, local opposition, strict bureaucracy, and federal bans continue to pose challenges to the industry and consumers. The governor called on lawmakers and other decision makers to redouble efforts to address and remove these barriers.
“For many Californians, the promise of legalizing cannabis remains elusive,” Governor Newsom said. “These measures build on the significant steps our state has taken toward this goal, but there is still a lot of work to build a legal, safe, and sustainable cannabis industry. I look forward to partnering with the legislature and policymakers to achieve full cannabis legalization in communities across California.”
Governor SB 1326 was signed by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Merced), creating a process for California to enter into agreements with other states to allow cannabis transactions with entities outside of California. SB 1186 by Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) preempts domestic bans on medical cannabis delivery, expanding patients’ access to legal, regulated cannabis products.
The governor also signed two bills to further relax California’s failed history of banning cannabis. AB 1706 by Association member Mia Bonta (D-Oakland) guarantees that these convictions of Californians with longstanding cannabis convictions will finally be stamped out. AB 2188 by Society Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) protects Californians from occupational discrimination based on their use of cannabis around the clock and away from the workplace.
These laws are based on the administration’s efforts to strengthen the framework for cannabis legalization in California. As part of this year’s state budget, the governor signed a law to provide tax breaks to consumers and the cannabis industry; stock company support; strengthening enforcement tools against illegal cannabis operators; Strengthening labor protection. expanding access to legal retail; Youth protection, the environment, and public safety programs funded by cannabis tax revenue.
To expedite policy reforms that prioritize and protect the health and safety of California consumers, the governor directed the California Department of Public Health to invite subject matter experts to investigate current scientific research and policy mechanisms to address the growing emergence of high-potency cannabis and cannabis products. The governor also directed the Department of Cannabis Control to advance scientific understanding of effectiveness and related health effects by prioritizing funding for research into cannabis efficacy through existing public university grants.
A full list of cannabis-related bills signed by the Governor can be found below:
- AB 1706 by the Mia Bonta Association (D-Oakland) – Cannabis Crimes: Re-verdict.
- AB 1646 by Assemblymember Phillip Chen (R-Yorba Linda) – Cannabis Packaging: Beverages.
- AB 1885 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) – Hemp and Hemp Products: Animals: Veterinary Medicine.
- AB 1894 by Assemblymember Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) – Integrated Cannabis Vaporizers: Packaging, Labeling, Advertising and Marketing.
- AB 2210 by Association Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Cannabis: State Temporary Events Licenses: DAC Licensed Places: Unsold Stock.
- AB 2188 by Society Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – Employment Discrimination: Cannabis Use.
- AB 2568 by Association Member Ken Cooley (De Rancho Cordova) – Cannabis: Insurance Companies.
- AB 2925 by Association Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) – California Cannabis Tax Trust: Expenditure Reports.
- SB 1186 by Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) – Medical Cannabis Patient Access Act.
- SB 1326 by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Merced) – Cannabis: Agreements Between States.
For the billing text, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.