CA NORML News-2017 Bills Submitted in California Legislature 

Cal NORML has posted a list of the 44 bills that are pending in the legislature in Sacramento.

• Six pending bills concern DUID laws. One is AB 6 (Lackey). We just got word that this bill, which would have permitted the collection of oral swab tests for drivers, has been gutted after Cal NORML submitted a letter in opposition. Instead, the bill now proposes formation of a task force to study the issue of driving and marijuana impairment. We are providing input into the makeup of that task force. The bill is scheduled for an Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing on February 28, 9 AM in Room 126 at the Capitol.

• Other notable bills:

SB 65 (Hill) – would increase the penalty for smoking while driving to a misdemeanor. Cal NORML opposes.

SB 698 (Hill) – would establish a per se DUID standard of 5 ng if the driver is also found to have a BAC between .04 -.07%.

AB 64 (Bonta) – an omnibus bill that seeks to merge AUMA and MCRSA

AB-1578 (Jones-Saywer) seeks to prohibit a state or local agency from using resources to assist a federal agency to investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest a person for commercial or noncommercial marijuana or medical cannabis activity that is authorized by law in the State of California.

AB 729 (Gray) – would require a licensee to post a sign that reads “No Person Under 21 Allowed,” expands on laws protecting minors, and codifies their use as informants. It would prohibit the sale of marijuana in vending machines and prohibits a licensee from being located within a 600-foot radius of a playground, hospital, or church.

AB 963 (Gipson) – would impose specific criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment, for certain violations of the provisions relating to the cultivation and excise taxes on marijuana.

• The rest are largely regarding licensing and regulation, see full list.

News of the Week

The California Assembly Committee on Local Government held a hearing on February 22 regarding local implementation of Prop. 64. See agenda.

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee also held a hearing on the licensing timeline.

LA County District Attorney Targeting Marijuana DUIs With Enhanced Training, Testing

Sonoma County cannabis growers’ group comes out against proposed business tax

New law puts 3,000 Sonoma County cannabis cultivators in jeopardy

Coming Events

Women & Cannabis Salon
March 4 & 5
Oakland and San Francisco

420 College Cannabis Regulations Workshop
March 4 & 5
San Diego

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Thursday, March 9  – 6 PM
Gateway Incubator, 330 2nd St., Oakland

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