Cannabis Bills Sent to Governor for Signature

September 4, 2018 - In the last-minute frenzy to pass bills in the state legislature by the deadline of August 31, several cannabis-related bills moved forward.

Passing in the legislature and heading to the Governor's desk for his signature are:

SB 829, to protect compassion programs that donate cannabis to needy patients. Tell Gov. Brown to Sign SB 829.

AB 1793, which would automatically expunge or resentence past marijuana convictions. Take Action on AB 1793.

SB 1127, to allow parents to give their children medical cannabis on school grounds. Take Action on SB 1127.

Also passing were:

AB 2215, to allow veterenarians to discuss cannabis with pet owners,

SB 1294, to establish a statewide equity program for cannabis businesses, and

SB 1459, to allow for provisional licenses for cannabis businesses, extending temporary licenses.

Write to the Governor about these bills. He has one month to sign or veto bills, and can do so at any time.

Passing and chaptered into law are AJR-27, a resolution to urge the United States Department of Justice not to direct its enforcement priorities towards California’s lawful cannabis industry, and AJR 28, to urge the Congress and the President to pass legislation that would allow financial institutions to provide services to the cannabis industry. (Resolutions do not require the Governor's signature.)

So far, the governor has signed AB 1741, to allow for electronic funds transfer of cannabis taxes, and AB-873, which would allow Department of Food and Agriculture employees to serve warrants and make arrests, if trained to do so.

AB 2020, to expand the venues where cannabis events can be held, passed through the legislature; but AB 2641, which would have allowed cannabis cultivators to sell their products at four events yearly, did not.

Other bills awaiting action by the Governor are:

AB 2721, to allow individuals to test their home-grown cannabis at a testing lab;

AB 2980, allowing common spaces to be shared at cannabis businesses;

AB 2402, to prohibit a cannabis licensee from disclosing a consumer’s personal information;

AB 2899 re: cannabis advertising;

AB 2914 re: cannabis in alcoholic beverages;

AB 2058, to gather statistics on cannabis DUIs separately from other DUI offenses;

AB 2255, to establish penalties for illegal cannabis distribution;

SB 1451, to add penalties for underage sales;

AB 3112, to make it unlawful to sell to any customer any quantity of nonodorized butane; and

SB 1409, an industrial hemp bill.

Failing to advance this session were:

AB 2069, to protect employment rights for medical cannabis patients;

AB 3157, to temporarily reduce taxes on cannabis and cannabis products;

SB 1302, which would have allowed cannabis deliveries by licensed businesses across the state;

SB 930, which would have created a cannabis charter bank;

AB 924, the CREATE Act (Tribal cannabis); and

AB 2513, which would have eliminated the statewide narcotics offenders registry.

Gov. Brown vetoed AB 3069 by Assemblyman Jim Cooper, (D-Elk Grove), which would have allowed the industry to hold educational events for public officials. In his veto message, Brown said the bill was unnecessary because nothing in the law precludes such events. Also not advancing was AB 2866, Cooper's bill to add criminal penalties for cannabis offenses or his AB 2520, to create an Illegal Marijuana Task Force.

Cal NORML helped defeat SB 1273, which would have suspended drivers' licenses of underage drivers convicted of a cannabis DUI.