Latest News from California

  • Senate Commitee Approves McGuire Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill With Amendments to be Determined
    April 20 - The CA Senate Business & Professions Committee voted 7-0 to approve a medical marijuana regulation bill, SB 643, by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-N. Coast).
  • Assemblyman Lackey Stages 4/20 "Breathalyzer" Demonstration
    April 20 - Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) sponsored a demonstration of a new oral swab drug test in the State Capitol today. Lackey is sponsoring a bill, AB 1356, that would allow California police to use the test as an alternative to urine or blood tests for DUI stops.
  • Federal Judge Denies Marijuana Descheduling Motion
    April 15 - Judge Kimberly Mueller denied a motion to deschedule marijuana in a Sacramento federal criminal trial this morning.
  • MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGULATION BILLS ARE WORKS IN PROGRESS
    This year's legislative agenda includes several bills to regulate commercial medical marijuana cultivation and sales in California. None of them have been finalized yet, and all could be substantially changed by gutting and amending.
  • E-CIG BILL SB 140 WOULD BAN MEDICAL CANNABIS VAPORIZING IN NON-SMOKING AREAS
    March 22 - The California legislature is considering an anti-e-cigarette bill, SB 140 by Sen. Leno (D-SF), that would classify smokeless medical cannabis vaporizers as "tobacco products" and ban their use everywhere tobacco smoking is prohibited.
  • CLEARLAKE MEDICAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION BAN CHALLENGED IN COURT
    March 19, 2015 - A lawsuit supported by California NORML is being filed today against the recently enacted ban on medical marijuana cultivation in Clearlake, California. San Francisco-based attorney Joe Elford will file the case in Lake County Superior Court with the intention of seeking relief for all qualified medical patients living in Clearlake.
  • Southern California Regional VA Policy Revised to Allow for Medical Marijuana Use with Opioids
    March 10, 2015 - In response to months of effort from California NORML, Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, affiliated groups and Congressional offices, Cal NORML has been informed that VISN-22 policy has been revised to allow the use of medical marijuana with opioid prescriptions at all VA facilities in the Southern California region.
  • Researchers Allege Increase in Youth Marijuana Use Following Decrim Law
    February 17, 2015 - Having failed to find evidence that Prop 215 increased teen MJ use in CA, researchers are now alleging an increase in youth marijuana use following adoption of CA's decriminalization bill in 2011. Unfortunately, the CA AG stopped conducting its biennial surveys of student drug use, so it's difficult to confirm these figures.
  • UCLA Looks At Cannabis and Cancer
    January 13 - The UCLA Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology, which has offered free psychosocial care for cancer patients and their families for 22 years, kicked off its 2015 "Insights into Cancer" lecture series with a panel on medicinal marijuana and cancer.
  • SUPPORT MARIJUANA REFORM IN CALIFORNIA IN 2015 AND BEYOND!
    December 19 - This year saw California NORML active on multiple fronts while we undertook preparations for a 2016 legalization initiative with the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform. Please join Cal NORML, renew your membership, or make a year-end donation to help us with our work in 2015!

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